Removal of chromate from wastewater using amine-based-surfactant-modified clinoptilolite

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GÜZEL P. , Aydın Y. A. , Deveci Aksoy N.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.13, no.5, pp.1277-1288, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s13762-016-0954-y
  • Page Numbers: pp.1277-1288


This study presents the results of chromate adsorption upon organically modified clinoptilolite obtained by the treatment of Bigadic clinoptilolite with surfactants in primary amine structure, namely 1-dodecylamine, 1-hexadecylamine and oleylamine. Natural and organo-clinoptilolites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermal gravimetry and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry which proved the integration of amine groups followed by the order oleylamine > 1-hexadecylamine > 1-dodecylamine. Organo-clinoptilolites were tested for their efficacy in chromate removal under base case conditions which implied 100 ppm initial concentration, pH 4.0, 10 g l(-1) adsorbent dose and at 298 K. Results showed that amine loading induced chromate removal reaching up to 90 % for oleylamine-modified clinoptilolite. Experimentation was continued to determine the effects of pH, adsorbent dosage and initial concentration on chromate adsorption. Accordingly, maximum removal of 94.0 % was attained with 14 g l(-1) of oleylamine-modified clinoptilolite, from Cr(VI) solution of 100 ppm initially at pH 3.0. Langmuir isotherm described the adsorption of chromate on oleylamine-modified clinoptilolite with 96.4 % consistency. Maximum theoretical uptake capacity was calculated as 6.72 mg g(-1). Kinetic data were consistent with pseudo-second-order model with the controlling steps being film and pore diffusions.