Andrea Aguilar Sanchez

Andrea Aguilar Sanchez

PhD Student

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Arbetar vid Institutionen för material- och miljökemi
Besöksadress Svante Arrhenius väg 16 C
Rum C 452
Postadress Institutionen för material- och miljökemi 106 91 Stockholm


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  • 2019. Luis Valencia (et al.). ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 11 (43), 40424-40431

    Microporous (<2 nm) crystalline aluminosilicates in the form of zeolites offer a great potential as efficient adsorbents for atmospheric CO2 in the eminent battle against global warming and climate change. The processability of conventional zeolite powders is, however, poor, which limits their implementation in many applications, such as in gas filtration industrial systems. In this work, we overcome this issue through the preparation of hybrid foams using mesoporous/macroporous supporting materials based on the strong network properties of gelatin/nanocellulose, which can support ultrahigh loadings of silicalite-1, used as a model sorbent nanomaterial. We achieved up to 90 wt % of zeolite content and a microporous/mesoporous/macroporous hybrid material. The application of hybrid foams for selective CO2 sorption exhibits a linear relationship between the zeolite content and CO2 adsorption capacity and high selectivity over N2, where the gelatin/nanocellulose foam efficiently supports the zeolite crystals without apparently blocking their pores.

  • 2019. Andrea Aguilar-Sánchez, Blanca Jalvo, Aji P. Mathew. Nordic Polymer Days 2019, 92-92

    Membrane technology is commonly used for filtration processes of industrial wastewater. Using membranes for water filtration is a safe and energy efficient solution. One of the main problems that arises during the usage of membranes is the fouling effects. Fouling increases the membrane separation resistance, reduces productivity due to a flux decline and affect membrane selectivity. These effects can be avoid by modifying the surface of the membranes using bio-based materials such as nano-cellulose. Nano-cellulose is a great example of a material obtained from renewable resources, which provides high reinforcement and antifouling properties to membranes.

    The aim of this work was the development of coatings with cellulose nano-crystals (CNC) and Tempooxidized cellulose nano-fribrils (T-CNF) using polyvinyl-alcohol (PVOH), as binding phase to enhance mechanical and antifouling properties over pure commercial PES membranes. The coatings were chemically crosslinked to increase mechanical properties and to improve stability of the coating and avoid swelling. It is expected that by avoiding swelling, permeability remains stable through time. All coating formulations remained stable after 10 hours of crossflow filtration. Mechanical properties of the coated membranes were improved in both dry and wet conditions, showing higher values of tensile strenght and E modulus compared to the uncoated ones. In addition, coated membranes showed high hydrophilicity and low adherence of bovine serum albumin (BSA).

    The coatings developed showed stability over PES membranes and provide them with a nanostructured surface which showed an extended durability in use. The modified surface membranes presented good mechanical properties in dry and wet conditions, high flux, high hydrophilicity, resistance to BSA fouling and to different pH environments. Moreover, these modified membranes showed promising results for fast upscaling at industrial level due to the simplicity of the coating process and the availability of the materials in the market.

  • 2019. Andrea Aguilar Sánchez, Blanca Jalvo, Aji P. Mathew.
  • 2019. Blanca Jalvo, Andrea Aguilar, Aji Mathew.
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