Effect of Fe3O4 addition on removal of ammonium by zeolite NaA

Liu, Haibo , Peng, Shuchuan, Shu, Lin, Chen, Tianhu, Bao, Teng, & Frost, Ray L. (2013) Effect of Fe3O4 addition on removal of ammonium by zeolite NaA. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 390(1), pp. 204-210.

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Magnetic zeolite NaA with different Fe3O4 loadings was prepared by hydrothermal synthesis based on metakaolin and Fe3O4. The effect of added Fe3O4 on the removal of ammonium by zeolite NaA was investigated by varying the Fe3O4 loading, pH, adsorption temperature, initial concentration, adsorption time. Langmuir, Freundlich, and pseudo-second-order modeling were used to describe the nature and mechanism of ammonium ion exchange using both zeolite and magnetic zeolite. Thermodynamic parameters such as change in Gibbs free energy, enthalpy and entropy were calculated. The results show that all the selected factors affect the ammonium ion exchange by zeolite and magnetic zeolite, however, the added Fe3O4 apparently does not affect the ion exchange performance of zeolite to the ammonium ion. Freundlich model provides a better description of the adsorption process than Langmuir model. Moreover, kinetic analysis indicates the exchange of ammonium on the two materials follows a pseudosecond-order model. Thermodynamic analysis makes it clear that the adsorption process of ammonium is spontaneous and exothermic. Regardless of kinetic or thermodynamic analysis, all the results suggest that no considerable effect on the adsorption of the ammonium ion by zeolite is found after the addition of Fe3O4. According to the results, magnetic zeolite NaA can be used for the removal of ammonium due to the good adsorption performance and easy separation method from aqueous solution.

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ID Code: 58761
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Magnetic zeolite NaA, Ammonium, Ion exchange, Removal, Kinetic, Thermodynamic
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.09.010
ISSN: 00219797
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (030606)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2013 04:10
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2013 05:30

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