Functionalized cellulose to remove surfactants from cosmetic products in wastewater

Sehui Kim, A. Young Seo, Tai Gyu Lee

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A flocculant composed of paper mulberry dicarboxylic cellulose (PM-DCC) made from using paper mulberry (Broussonetia kazinoki Siebold and Zucc.) has been developed to reduce the amount of inorganic coagulants needed to remove surfactants in wastewater. The characteristics of PM and soda pulp were determined according to the degree of polymerization, α-cellulose, lignin, free sugar, and extract contents. FTIR, XRD, the aldehyde content, the carboxyl content and coagulant-flocculation experiments were conducted to confirm the properties of PM-DCC and paper mulberry dialdehyde cellulose (PM-DAC). A dramatic removal efficiency (95.62 %) was revealed when 0.3 % PM-DCC was added into a linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS) solution with 1% FeCl3·6H2O at pH 2. This means that PM-DCC contributes to both a lower amount of inorganic coagulant needed and a reduction of water pollution by an ecofriendly method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116010
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education [NRF- 2017R1D1A1B03030722 ]. We, the authors, also would like to thank the Laboratory of Wood Chemistry at Seoul National University, the Korea Polymer Testing & Research Institute, the National Instrumentation Center for Environmental Management, and the Yonsei University Center for Research Facilities for their help in sample analysis.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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