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Methyl-imogolite: a new hybrid nanotube for water remediation

Pierre Picot 1, * Thibaud Coradin 2 Antoine Thill 1
* Corresponding author
1 LIONS - Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire sur l'Organisation Nanométrique et Supramoléculaire
NIMBE UMR 3685 - Nanosciences et Innovation pour les Matériaux, la Biomédecine et l'Energie (ex SIS2M)
2 LCMCP-MATBIO - Matériaux et Biologie
LCMCP - Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris
Abstract : Imogolite is a natural aluminosilicate nanotube discovered in 1962 by Yoshinaga and Aomine in volcanic Japanese soils. This nanotube has a monodisperse diameter ranging from 2 and 2.8 nm (depending on its formation and composition) and a polydisperse length (from a few tens of nanometers to several microns). In recent years, it has been realised that many structural and chemical modifications of imogolite-like structures can be achieved. In 2010, Bottero et al. succeeded in modifying the tube internal surface by substituting the usual silicon precursor, tetraethoxysilane, with a methyltriethoxysilane. This allows for the formation of a methyl-imogolite (imo-CH$_3$) with a hydrophilic external surface and a hydrophobic internal surface covered with methyl groups. This nanotube, transparent and dispersed in water even at high concentration, exhibits a 1D hydrophobic polar nanochannel. In 2013, Amara et al. showed that such Janus nanotubes can capture small hydrophobic molecules in water. Later on, we showed that these hybrid nanotubes can stabilise oil-in-water Pickering emulsion and extract a dye from an organic phase. These properties were attributed to the ability of methyl-imogolites cavities to accommodate oil or oil/dye mixtures. In this presentation, we will show optimized recipes to produce imo-CH$_3$ and that it is possible to synthesize new hybrid imogolite nanotube with some of methyl groups substituted by exotic groups. The presence of these new groups is highlighted by the solvatochromic properties of Nile Red. Next, we will assess the water remediation potential of these new nanotubes through comparative trapping of atrazine between hybrid imogolites and activated carbon
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Pierre Picot, Thibaud Coradin, Antoine Thill. Methyl-imogolite: a new hybrid nanotube for water remediation. Interfaces Against Pollution (IAP 2018), Jun 2018, La Grande Motte, France. ⟨cea-02339933⟩

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