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Polymer Chemistry 2018

Polymer Sciences

ISSN: 2471-9935

Page 44

March 26-28, 2018

Vienna, Austria



Edition of International Conference and Exhibition on

Polymer Chemistry


evelopment of bio-based filtering materials follows the need

for a drastic reduction in solid particle-pollution, which is

nowadays one of the largest risks for human health and state

of the environment. Filtering sector currently concerns itself

primarily with removal and immobilization of increasingly small

particles, effectively requiring small pore size and enhanced

surface area. This research work is a part of a national research

and development program “Cel.Cycle”, aiming at constructing

materials with a hierarchical porous structure and increased

active surface; in order to do this, existing and novel technologies

will be employed, as well as integration of active components

(inorganic particles; micro- and nano-fibrillated cellulose), leading

to 3D nonwoven structures with desired functional properties. The

increase of organic compounds in environment encourages also

search for more efficient adsorbents used in water treatment.

Clays are known as natural environmental-friendly materials

with high specific surface area, used in dispersed form, for the

adsorption and removal of organic pollutants, causing difficult

removal from purified water. Therefore, the second part of this

research is focused on preparation and characterization methods

of nanocomposite clay/polymer hydrogels used for adsorption

of textile dyes. Structures and functionalities of nanocomposites

will be described and conditions (e.g. clay particle type and

concentration, dispersing medium, monomer, cross-linker

concentrations, and drying procedure, etc.) for achieving

exfoliated and intercalated clay–hydrogel structures will be

discussed. In addition to functional properties of nanocomposites

conditioned by the nanocopmposite, their preparation process

will be discussed.


Manja Kurečič is a Scientific Associate at the Faculty of Mechanical Engi-

neering, University of Maribor and Technical University Graz, Austria, where

she is working on several national and international basic and applied proj-

ects. She has a background on nanocomposite hydrogels for water purifica-

tion, which she upgraded with new technologies for preparation of different

nanostructured materials that can find applications in technical as well as

in the biomedical area. Lately, she is focusing on development of innovative

nanofibrous materials by using electrospinning method.

[email protected]

3D structured composite filter materials with embedded

natural nano-fillers

Manja Kurečič

1, 2

, Silvo Hribernik


, Mojca Božič


, Tanja Kos


, Matej Zadravec



Karin Stana Kleinschek



University of Maribor, Slovenia


Graz University of Technology, Austria

Manja Kurečič et al., Polym Sci, Volume 4

DOI: 10.4172/2471-9935-C1-008