Applied Water Science, Volume (1), No (15), Year (2015-11) , Pages (1-15)

Title : ( Amino-functionalized mesoporous MCM-41 silica as an efficient adsorbent for water treatment: batch and fixed-bed column adsorption of the nitrate anion )

Authors: Mehdi Ebrahimi-Gatkash , Habibollah Younesi , Afsaneh Shahbazi , Ava Heiari ,

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In the present study, amino-functionalized Mobil Composite Material No. 41 (MCM-41) was used as an adsorbent to remove nitrate anions from aqueous solutions. Mono-, di- and tri-amino functioned silicas (N-MCM-41, NN-MCM-41 and NNN-MCM-41) were prepared by post-synthesis grafting method. The samples were characterized by means of X-ray powder diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption–desorption. The effects of pH, initial concentration of anions, and adsorbent loading were examined in batch adsorption system. Results of adsorption experiments showed that the adsorption capacity increased with increasing adsorbent loading and initial anion concentration. It was found that the Langmuir mathematical model indicated better fit to the experimental data than the Freundlich. According to the constants of the Langmuir equation, the maximum adsorption capacity for nitrate anion by N-MCM-41, NN-MCM-41 and NNN-MCM-41 was found to be 31.68, 38.58 and 36.81 mg/g, respectively. The adsorption kinetics were investigated with pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order model. Adsorption followed the pseudo-second-order rate kinetics. The coefficients of determination for pseudo-second-order kinetic model are >0.99. For continuous adsorption experiments, NNN-MCM-41 adsorbent was used for the removal of nitrate anion from solutions. Breakthrough curves were investigated at different bed heights, flow rates and initial nitrate anion concentrations. The Thomas and Yan models were utilized to calculate the kinetic parameters and to predict the breakthrough curves of different bed height. Results from this study illustrated the potential utility of these adsorbents for nitrate removal from water solution.

Keywords

, MCM, 41 Nitrate Amine functionalized Isotherm Breakthrough
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author = {Mehdi Ebrahimi-Gatkash and Habibollah Younesi and Afsaneh Shahbazi and Heiari, Ava},
title = {Amino-functionalized mesoporous MCM-41 silica as an efficient adsorbent for water treatment: batch and fixed-bed column adsorption of the nitrate anion},
journal = {Applied Water Science},
year = {2015},
volume = {1},
number = {15},
month = {November},
issn = {2190-5487},
pages = {1--15},
numpages = {14},
keywords = {MCM-41 Nitrate Amine functionalized Isotherm Breakthrough analysis},
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%0 Journal Article
%T Amino-functionalized mesoporous MCM-41 silica as an efficient adsorbent for water treatment: batch and fixed-bed column adsorption of the nitrate anion
%A Mehdi Ebrahimi-Gatkash
%A Habibollah Younesi
%A Afsaneh Shahbazi
%A Heiari, Ava
%J Applied Water Science
%@ 2190-5487
%D 2015

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