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      Efficient Removal of Perfluorinated Chemicals from Contaminated Water Sources Using Magnetic Fluorinated Polymer Sorbents


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          Efficient removal of per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from contaminated waters is urgently needed to safeguard public and environmental health. In this work, novel magnetic fluorinated polymer sorbents were designed to allow efficient capture of PFAS and fast magnetic recovery of the sorbed material. The new sorbent has superior PFAS removal efficiency compared with the commercially available activated carbon and ion‐exchange resins. The removal of the ammonium salt of hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (GenX) reaches >99 % within 30 s, and the estimated sorption capacity was 219 mg g −1 based on the Langmuir model. Robust and efficient regeneration of the magnetic polymer sorbent was confirmed by the repeated sorption and desorption of GenX over four cycles. The sorption of multiple PFAS in two real contaminated water matrices at an environmentally relevant concentration (1 ppb) shows >95 % removal for the majority of PFAS tested in this study.


          Magnetic polymer sorbents (polymer@IONPs) were prepared for rapid, selective and efficient removal of multiple per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from real contaminated waters at environmentally relevant concentrations. Fast magnetic recovery of the sorbent within 30 s was achieved. Regeneration of the sorbent for repeated use was demonstrated over four cycles. The technology is promising for large‐scale implementation of PFAS capture.

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                Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
                Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
                Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English)
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                10 November 2022
                05 December 2022
                : 61
                : 49 ( doiID: 10.1002/anie.v61.49 )
                : e202213071
                [ 1 ] Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology The University of Queensland Corner College and Cooper Rds (Bldg 75) Brisbane Queensland 4072 Australia
                [ 2 ] Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences The University of Queensland, Level 4 20 Cornwall Street Woolloongabba Queensland 4102 Australia
                [ 3 ] The Chemours Company, Chemours Discovery Hub 201 Discovery Boulevard Newark DE 19713 USA
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                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

                : 05 September 2022
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                Figures: 10, Tables: 2, References: 77, Pages: 9, Words: 0
                Funded by: Australian Research Council , doi 10.13039/501100000923;
                Award ID: DP210101496
                Funded by: National Health and Medical Research Council , doi 10.13039/501100000925;
                Award ID: APP1157440
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                contaminated water remediation,fluorinated polymer sorbent,magnetic separation,pfas removal


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