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Enhanced Capture of Particulate Matter by Molecularly Charged Electrospun Nanofibers
, , , , , Srikrishnarka P., Ahuja T., Bose P., Jenifer S.K., Mahendranath A.Show More
Published in American Chemical Society (ACS)
Volume: 8
Issue: 21
Pages: 7762 - 7773
We introduce molecularly charged electrospun nanofibers obtained by soft chemical treatment for the capture of particulate matter (PM). These PMs, along with certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pose a severe threat not only to human health but also to the environment. As the concentrations of these PMs have been steadily increasing in the Southeast Asian countries, a dire need for protection against these particles is warranted. Filtering out the polluted air using various filtration media, such as face masks and nasal filters, has been the standard method for minimizing exposure to PM. Here, we demonstrate the removal of PM and VOCs by utilizing electrospun nanofibers of polystyrene (PS) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN) with molecular charges imparted on them via chemical treatment. The chemically treated fibers were successful in capturing even particles measuring 300 nm, which are considered to be the most penetrable particles. We report a filtration efficiency of ∼93% for removing such particles, which is ∼3 ± 1.5% enhancement when compared to the untreated fibers. The fibers have been subjected to extreme haze conditions (∼1413 μg m-3) of PM2.5 for a duration of 1 h, and the filtration efficiency was measured to be ∼99.01%. These fibers also possess the capability to capture model VOCs such as aniline, toluene, tetrahydrofuran, and chloroform. When PAN, PS, and their chemically treated counterparts were tested for their antibacterial activity, these filter mats had bactericidal effect on Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, and Enterococcus faecalis. A nasal plug hosting these filter mats has been designed, which can offer personal protection from PM. Enhanced removal of residual particles is extremely important, and this difficult task is made possible with our approach. The efficiency of our approach is due to the charged nature of PM, especially of the smaller size regime. © 2020 American Chemical Society.
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