Inverse opal-structured all-in-one water purification filter designed for the effective removal of multi-pollutants

Hee Jung Kim, Gill Sang Han, Jaesung Kim, Young Ju Kim, Jin Hyuk Choi, Jae Myeong Lee, Geon Woo Yoon, Hongshin Lee, In Sun Cho, Jaesang Lee, Hyun Suk Jung

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Despite the dominance of centralized water treatment systems in the past decades, there is increased demand for instant water treatment in isolated areas, i.e., decentralized water treatment. Moreover, as wastewater contains multiple pollutants such as heavy metals, anionic substances, and organic matter, research on their simultaneous removal is one of the most significant issues for practical application. In this study, we reported a novel all-in-one multi-pollutants removal filter based on inverse opal (IO) structures for decentralized water treatment. This IO-based all-in-one filter consists of three adsorbents: Fe2O3, NiOx, and S-doped graphene, for the simultaneous removal of heavy metals, anionic substances, and organic matter. The filter was particularly designed to enhance the water flux of nano-absorbents with high absorption capacity under a water-flow system. As a result, the all-in-one multi-pollutants removal filter exhibited excellent adsorption performance (phenol: 108.16 mg/g; Zn: 209.26 mg/g; and phosphate: 202.54 mg/g) at ultrafast water flux (1167 L/m2·h). We successfully designed an efficient multi-pollutants removal system considering the removal mechanisms suitable for different pollutants, the correlation of pollutants, and the water flow by IO structure. Moreover, our results demonstrated the simultaneous removal of multi-pollutants from wastewater using a single-unit purification system, which would provide great significance to decentralized water purification systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103496
JournalJournal of Water Process Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Apr

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  • All-in-one filter
  • Fixed-bed column
  • Inverse opal structure
  • Multi-pollutants
  • Water purification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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