A Simple ​Method for ​Removal of ​Carbon ​Nanotubes from ​Wastewater ​Using ​Hypochlorite ​

A Simple ​Method for ​Removal of ​Carbon ​Nanotubes from ​Wastewater ​Using ​Hypochlorite ​

A Simple Method for Removal of Carbon Nanotubes from Wastewater Using Hypochlorite

Minfang Zhang, Yinmei Deng, Mei Yang, Hideaki Nakajima, Masako Yudasaka, Sumio Iijima & Toshiya Okazaki 


Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been applied in a wide range of fields, such as materials, electronics, energy storages, and biomedicine. With the rapid increase in CNTs industrialization, more and more CNT-containing wastewater is being produced. Since concerns about the toxic effects of CNTs on human health persist, CNT-containing wastewater should not be released into the environment without purification, but no effective methods have been reported. In the present study, we report a simple method to eliminate CNTs from industrial or laboratorial wastewater using sodium hypochlorite. Direct treatment of aqueous dispersions with sodium hypochlorite solution completely degraded CNTs into carbon oxides or carbonates ions. Since hypochlorite is environmentally friendly and frequently used as a disinfectant or bleaching agent in domestic cleaning, this method is practical for purification of CNT-contaminated industrial wastewater.

Scientific Reports volume 9, Article number: 1284 (February 2019), DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-38307-7

Source: nature.com