Author(s): Zhou YT, Nie HL, BranfordWhite C, He ZY, Zhu LM
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Abstract Chitosan-coated magnetic nanoparticles (CCMNPs), modified with a biodegradable and eco-friendly biologic reagent, alpha-ketoglutaric acid (alpha-KA), was used as a magnetic nanoadsorbent to remove toxic Cu(2+) ions from aqueous solution. The prepared magnetic nanoadsorbents were characterized by FTIR, TEM, VSM, XRD, and EDS. Factors influencing the adsorption of Cu(2+), e.g., initial metal concentration, initial pH, contact time and adsorbent concentration were investigated. TEM images show that the dimension of multidispersed circular particles is about 30 nm and no marked aggregation occurs. VSM patterns indicate superparamagnetic properties of magnetic nanoadsorbents. EDS pictures confirm the presence of the Cu(2+) on the surface of magnetic nanoadsorbents. Equilibrium studies show that Cu(2+) adsorption data follow Langmuir model. The maximum adsorption capacity (q(max)) for Cu(2+) ions was estimated to be 96.15 mg/g, which was higher than that of pure CCMNPs. The desorption data show no significant desorption hysteresis occurred. In addition, the high stability and recovery capacity of the chitosan-coated magnetic nanoparticles modified with alpha-ketoglutaric acid (alpha-KA-CCMNPs) suggest that these novel magnetic nanoadsorbents have potential applications for removing Cu(2+) from wastewater.
This article was published in J Colloid Interface Sci
and referenced in Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology