Self-assembling porous 3D titanium dioxide-reduced graphene oxide aerogel for the tunable absorption of oleic acid and RhodamineB dye

Cheng Xiang, Ronghui Guo, Jianwu Lan, Shou-xiang Kinor Jiang, Can Wang, Zoufei Du, Cheng Cheng

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In this study, 3D titanium dioxide-reduced graphene oxide aerogels (TiO2-rGA) was synthesized by a modified hydrothermal treatment. Graphene is self-assembled into the 3D interconnected networks aerogel while TiO2nanoparticles are uniformly and densely dispersed onto the graphene nanosheets. The as-obtained composite aerogels show a change of surface wettability from hydrophobic to hydrophilic depending on addition of incorporated TiO2. Absorption abilities of TiO2-rGA with different ratios of TiO2for Oleic acid and RhodamineB (RhB) dye were tested. The result demonstrates that the composite aerogel with addition ratio of TiO2can selectively absorb oleic acid floating on the water and RhB in aqueous systems. The resulting TiO2-rGA can be potentially applied in organic waste recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-252
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2018


  • Absorption
  • Aerogel
  • Reduced graphene oxide
  • Surface wettability
  • Titanium dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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