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Sorption of arsenate from aqueous solution with manganic ferric oxyhydroxide

Chaudhury, G.R., Chattopadhyay, P., Das, R.P., Muir, D.M. and Singh, P. (2003) Sorption of arsenate from aqueous solution with manganic ferric oxyhydroxide. In: HYDROMETALLURGY 2003: 5th International Symposium Honoring Professor Ian M. Ritchie, 24 - 27 August 2003, Vancouver, Canada pp. 1913-1922.


Adsorption techniques are comparatively low cost and effective for treatment of arsenic contaminated drinking water. Various adsorbents such as alumina, ferrihydrite and manganese ores have been used, but there has been little investigation of modifying the structure of ferrihydrite to improve its adsorptive efficiency of As(III) and As(V). In the present study the incorporation of manganese oxide into the ferrihydrite structure was carried out and the prepared materials used in arsenic adsorption experiments. The compounds were X-ray amorphous, but TGA/DTA and FTIR analysis showed some structural characteristics. Sorption studies reported in this paper indicate the excellent arsenic removal properties of the manganese/iron compounds with a loading capacity of 0.3 mmol/g. Adsorption follows first order kinetics and the results fitted to adsorption and mass transfer models. Arsenic levels in water containing 1 mg/L As(V) were reduced by 50% in 20 minutes and 90% in 60 minutes using 1 g/L manganic ferric oxyhydroxide.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Chemical and Mathematical Science
Notes: Appears in: HYDROMETALLURGY 2003: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium Honoring Professor Ian M. Ritchie
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