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Chuantao Zhu

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Works at Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry
Email chuantao.zhu@mmk.su.se
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 16 C
Room C 552
Postal address Institutionen för material- och miljökemi 106 91 Stockholm

Publications

A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • Chuantao Zhu, Aji P. Mathew.
  • Chuantao Zhu, Susanna Monti, Aji P. Mathew.
  • 2018. Chuantao Zhu (et al.).

    Nanocellulose has been explored extensively in recent years as an adsorbent due to its promising performance in the removal of charged contaminants from water. In this thesis, various atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques are used to understand the surface characteristics and specific interactions of nanocellulose with water contaminants (heavy metal ions and dyes) and nanoscale entities (Graphene Oxide (GO) and Graphene Oxide nanocolloids (nanoGO)), and explain the mechanisms related to adsorption, metal ion clustering, self-assembly and mechanical reinforcement.

    AFM probes functionalised with microscale and nanoscale celluloses were used as colloidal probes to study specific surface interactions with heavy metal ions and dyes in the aqueous medium. This approach enabled quantitative measurements of the adhesion force between nanocellulose and the water pollutants under in situ conditions by direct or in-direct methods. Adhesion forces, including the piconewton range, were measured, and the forces depended on the surface groups present on the nanocellulose.

    AFM imaging in dry and/or wet conditions was successfully used to investigate the adsorption, self-assembly, morphology and mechanical properties of nanocellulose and its bio-hybrids. The self-assembly, the metal nanolayer and the nanoclusters on the surface of nanocellulose and its biohybrids after adsorption were confirmed and explained by advanced microscopy, spectroscopy and computational modelling.

    The adhesion and stiffness measurement of single nanocellulose fibers using in situ PeakForce Quantitative Nanomechanical (PF-QNM) characterization confirmed the adsorption of metal ions on the surface in the liquid medium. PF-QNM mapping of the freestanding biohybrid membranes also revealed the enhanced modulus of the biohybrid membrane compared with the TEMPO(2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxylradical)-mediated oxidation nanofibers (TOCNF) membrane, which explained the hydrolytic stability and recyclability of these membranes.

    The established methodology, which combines advanced microscopy with spectroscopy and modelling techniques, can be extended to other biobased macromolecular systems to investigate the adsorption behaviour and/or surface interactions in bio nanotechnology.

  • 2017. Chuantao Zhu, Alexander Soldatov, Aji P. Mathew. Nanoscale 9 (22), 7419-7428

    TEMPO (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxylradical)-mediated oxidation nanofibers (TOCNF), as a biocompatible and bioactive material, have opened up a new application of nanocellulose for the removal of water contaminants. This development demands extremely sensitive and accurate methods to understand the surface interactions between water pollutants and TOCNF. In this report, we investigated the adsorption of metal ions on TOCNF surfaces using experimental techniques atthe nano and molecular scales with Cu(II) as the target pollutant in both aqueous and dry forms. Imaging with in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM), together with a study of the physiochemical properties of TOCNF caused by adsorption with Cu(II) in liquid, were conducted using the PeakForce Quantitative NanoMechanics (PF-QNM) mode at the nano scale. The average adhesion force between the tip and the target single TOCNF almost tripled after adsorption with Cu(II) from 50 pN to 140 pN. The stiffness of the TOCNF was also enhanced because the Cu(II) bound to the carboxylate groups and hardened the fiber. AFM topography, scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) mapping and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicated that the TOCNF were covered by copper nanolayers and/or nanoparticles after adsorption. The changes in the molecular structure caused by the adsorption were demonstrated by Raman and attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). This methodology will be of great assistance to gain qualitative and quantitative information on the adsorption process and interaction between charged entities in aqueous medium.

  • 2017. Chuantao Zhu, Peng Liu, Aji P. Mathew. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 9 (24), 21048-21058

    Nanocellulose, graphene oxide (GO), and their combinations there off have attracted great attention for the application of water purification recently because of their unique adsorption capacity, mechanical characteristics, coordination with transition metal ions, surface charge density, and so on. In the current study, (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxylradical) (TEMPO)-mediated oxidized cellulose nanofibers (TOCNF) and GO sheets or graphene oxide nanocolloid (nanoGO) biohybrids were prepared by vacuum filtration method to obtain self-assembled adsorbents and membranes for water purification. The porous biohybrid structure, studied using advanced microscopy techniques, revealed a unique networking and self-assembling of TOCNF, GO, and nanoGO, driven by the morphology of the GO phase and stabilized by the intermolecular H-bonding between carboxyl groups and hydroxyl groups. The biohybrids exhibited a promising adsorption capacity toward Cu(II) due to TOCNF and formed a unique arrested state in water because of ionic cross-linking between adsorbed Cu(II) and the negatively charged TOCNF and GO phase. The mechanical performance of the freestanding biohybrid membranes investigated using PeakForce Quantative NanoMechanics characterization confirmed the enhanced modulus of the hybrid membrane compared to that of the TOCNF membrane. Besides, the TOCNF+nanoGO membrane shows unique hydrolytic stability and recyclability even under several cycles of adsorption and desorption and strong sonication. This study shows that TOCNF and nanoGO hybrids can generate new water-cleaning membranes with synergistic properties because of their high adsorption capacity, flexibility, hydrolytic stability, and mechanical robustness.

  • 2015. Chuantao Zhu (et al.). Langmuir 31 (45), 12390-12400

    The aim of this study was to develop a fundamental understanding of the adsorption behavior of metal ions on cellulose surfaces using experimental techniques supported by computational modeling, taking Ag(I) as an example. Force interactions among three types of cellulose microspheres (native cellulose and its derivatives with sulfate and phosphate groups) and the silica surface in AgNO3 solution were studied with atomic force microscopy (AFM) using the colloidal probe technique. The adhesion force between phosphate cellulose microspheres (PCM) and the silica surface in the aqueous AgNO3 medium increased significantly with increasing pH while the adhesion force slightly decreased for sulfate cellulose microspheres (SCM), and no clear adhesion force was observed for native cellulose microspheres (CM). The stronger adhesion enhancement for the PCM system is mainly attributed to the electrostatic attraction between Ag(I) and the negative silica surface. The observed force trends were in good agreement with the measured zeta potentials. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) analyses confirmed the presence of silver on the surface of cellulose microspheres after adsorption. This study showed that PCM with a high content of phosphate groups exhibited a larger amount of adsorbed A(I) than CM and SCM and possible clustering of Ag(I) to nanoparticles. The presence of the phosphate group and a wavenumber shift of the P-OH vibration caused by the adsorption of silver ions on the phosphate groups were further confirmed with computational studies using density functional theory (DFT), which gives support to the above findings regarding the adsorption and clustering of Ag(I) on the cellulose surface decorated with phosphate groups as well as IR spectra.

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Last updated: April 18, 2019

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