Nanofibrous Filtering Materials With Catalytic Activity

Ganna Ungur1*, Jakub Hrůza2

1Department of Nonwovens and Nanofibrous Materials, Technical University of Liberec, 17 Listopadu, 584, Liberec, Czech Republic

2Center for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovation, Technical University of Liberec, Studentská 1402/2, Liberec, Czech Republic

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2014, 5 (8), pp 422-428

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2014.amwc1025

Publication Date (Web): Jul 16, 2014

E-mail: Ganna.Ungur@tul.cz

Graphical Abstract

 Nanofibers, catalyst, air filtration, electrospinning

Abstract


This research describes the fabrication of nanofibrous materials for the air purification with high filtration efficiency and catalytic properties to clean the air from solid particles and emissions of automobile's transport. The polyurethane (PU) nanofibers were modified by particles of SnO2 and CrO2 in the ratio 95/5 to impart catalytic properties in the reaction with emission gases (CO, NOx).The modification process was provided by the introduction of metal’s oxide’s particles of different concentrations (1;2; 3; 4%) into the polymer solution. Reological properties and conductivity of the modified solutions were studied. The viscosity of solutions grew up gradually with increasing of SnO2/CrO2 concentrations. Fiber's samples were produced from modified solutions by the electorstatic fiber forming using Nanospider technology. The morphology of produced fibers was analysed by the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). SEM pictures confirmed the smoothness of fibrous layer. The diameters of fibres were measured with the help of Lucie 32G computer software. The obtained results demonstrated increasing of average diameters of nanofibers for the concentration 1and 2% of catalysts in comparison with the pure PU samples. But fibers with 3 and 4% of SnO2/CrO2 particles showed the decreasing of average fiber diameters. The presence of catalyst on the nanofiber`s surface was proved by the method of Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The catalytic properties of produced nanolayers in the reaction with emission's gases were studied with the measurement setup consisting from the engine, a system of analyzers and UV lamp as a sourse of energy to activate the catalyst. All samples demonstrated good catalytic efficiency. The best result showed the sample of PU nanofibers with 3% of SnO2/CrO: the concentrations of CO and NOx reduced by 81% and 73% respectively. Produced samples are the promising materials for air-conditioning systems.

Keywords

Nanofibers, catalyst, air filtration, electrospinning

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