Multifunctional cellulose membranes were developed from A4-sized printing paper via chemical modification. A4 paper is a widely used and easily accessible product with high cellulose content. Inspired by cellulose chemistry, we report a simple modification of the A4 paper, converting it from a common office supply to a user-modifiable functionalized cellulose membrane for practical applications. The hydroxyl groups of cellulose enable a facile tuning of its internal structure and polarity via chemical modification. In addition, the functionalized cellulose membrane has more stable mechanical strength compared to commercial cellulose-based filtration membranes. As a proof-of-concept, we demonstrate the separation of a water/oil mixture using the functionalized A4 membrane; we have extended this idea to origami-assisted membrane applications. Finally, this versatile A4 paper chemistry may offer a promising strategy for the development of functional membranes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)