Synthesis and characterisation of novel organopalygorskites for removal of p-nitrophenol from aqueous solution: Isothermal studies

Sarkar, Binoy, Xi, Yunfei, Megharaj, Mallavarapu, Krishnamurti, Gummuluru S.R., & Naidu, Ravi (2010) Synthesis and characterisation of novel organopalygorskites for removal of p-nitrophenol from aqueous solution: Isothermal studies. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 350(1), pp. 295-304.

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Organopalygorskites were synthesised by using dimethyldioctadecylammonium bromide (DMDOA) and cetylpyridinium chloride (CP) with surfactant loadings equivalent to 100% and 200% CEC of the palygorskite. The four organopalygorskites, thus produced, were characterised by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and zeta potential measurement. FTIR and TGA data demonstrated that higher surfactant loadings as well as long branched chain DMDOA produced highly ordered surfactant conformation. SEM morphological results showed that the organopalygorskites had less entangled fibres than the unmodified palygorskite. The zeta potential values showed positive charge formation on the organopalygorskites surface when they were synthesised with surfactant loadings equivalent to 200% CEC of the palygorskite. The organopalygorskites were tested for adsorption of p-nitrophenol (PNP) with a special focus on the adsorption isotherms. The adsorption data could be fitted with multiple isothermal models indicating that the adsorption was controlled by multiple mechanisms. Sorbent loading rate, initial pH, temperature and ionic strength might all affect the adsorption process. Also, DMDOA modified organopalygorskites reduced desorption/redispersal of adsorbed PNP back into the environment to a great extent. This study will be helpful in designing palygorskite-based organoclay adsorbents for remediating organic environmental contaminants which are ionic in nature.

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ID Code: 99772
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Organoclay adsorbent, Palygorskite, P-nitrophenol, Adsorption, Adsorption isotherm, Desorption
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2010.06.030
ISSN: 0021-9797
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
  • CRC CARE/6-11-01-09/10
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2010.06.030
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2016 22:39
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 15:29

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