Cover article in leading journal for Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering

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(09-11-2018) For the third time the quality of the research group of prof. De Clerck was appreciated by a cover article in the leading journal ‘Advanced Functional Materials'

One of the application axes in the research group of Prof. De Clerck is the development of functional nanofibrous materials for sensors and separation. For the third time the quality of the research was appreciated by a cover article in the leading journal ‘Advanced Functional Materials (SCI-IF: 13.325)’.
In this latest contribution entitled ‘Silica Nanofibrous Membranes for the Separation of Heterogeneous Azeotropes’ - with as authors Eva Loccufier, Jozefien Geltmeyer, Lode Daelemans, Dagmar R. D’hooge, Klaartje De Buysser, and Karen De Clerck - a novel membrane technology was developed by combining silane chemistry, chemical technology and materials science skills from the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering and the Department of Chemistry (MaTCh, EA11).
Silica nanofibrous membranes have been produced by direct electrospinning of a sol-gel solution without a sacrificing polymer that allow high-end separation and purification due to a high thermal and chemical resistance. The water repellent or absorbing nature can be tuned by applying a humidity or thermal treatment so that the fiber chemical structure can be modified. It has been showcased that fast gravity driven membrane separation of heterogeneous azeotropes can be achieved.

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