alexa Statistical Optimization, Kinetic and Isotherm Studies on Selective Adsorption of Silver and Gold Cyanocomplexes Using Aminoguanidyl- Chitosan Imprinted Polymers
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Statistical Optimization, Kinetic and Isotherm Studies on Selective Adsorption of Silver and Gold Cyanocomplexes Using Aminoguanidyl- Chitosan Imprinted Polymers

Ahamed MEH1, Marjanovic L3 and Mbianda XY1,2*

1Department of Applied Chemistry (Doornfontein Campus), University of Johannesburg, South Africa

2Centre for Nanomaterial Science Research, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

3Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

*Corresponding Author:
XY Mbianda
Department of Applied Chemistry
(Doornfontein Campus)/Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
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Received date: March 07, 2016; Accepted date: April 18, 2016; Published date: April 25, 2016

Citation: Ahamed MEH, Marjanovic L, Mbianda XY (2016) Statistical Optimization, Kinetic and Isotherm Studies on Selective Adsorption of Silver and Gold Cyanocomplexes Using Aminoguanidyl-Chitosan Imprinted Polymers. J Adv Chem Eng 6:149. doi:10.4172/2090-4568.1000149

Copyright: © 2016 Ahamed MEH, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Aminoguanidyl-chitosan imprinted polymers (AGCIPs) were synthesized and applied to the selective extraction of silver and gold cyanocomplexes from aqueous solutions. Batch adsorption parameters for the recovery of silver and gold cyanocomplexes from aqueous solutions by the AGCIPs viz., contact time, solution pH, initial metal concentrations and temperature, were optimized by a two-level fractional factorial design and the Box-Behnken matrix. The equilibrium data correlated well with Langmuir isotherm model; and the maximum adsorption capacities for silver cyanide calculated from the Langmuir equation were 429.2 mg Ag g-1 and 319.5 mg Ag g-1 at pH 6.9 and 10, respectively; whereas they were 319.5 mg Au g-1 and 312.5 mg Au g-1 for gold cyanide in the same order. Adsorption kinetics suggested that these materials predominantly display a pseudo-second-order kinetic mechanism, while thermodynamic parameters revealed that the adsorption process was spontaneous and of exothermic nature. Investigation on the adsorption selectivity showed that the selectivity coefficients of AGCSIP (gold cyanide) with respect to Ag(CN)2 -, Fe(CN)6 -, and Hg(CN)2 - were 8.675, 26.005 and 5694.667 respectively whereas for AGCIP (Silver cyanide) they were 3.017, 75.478 and ∞ for Au(CN)2 -, Fe(CN)6 -, and Hg(CN)2 - respectively. This indicates that AGCSIPs have excellent selectivity for silver and gold cyanide complexes. Regeneration and reusability studies also revealed that 2M solution of KNO3 at pH 10.5 could be used to regenerate the AGCIPs; and these materials could be recycled up to five times without significantly diminishing their adsorption capacity.


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