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Preparation of Enteromorpha prolifera-based cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide-doped activated carbon and its application for nickel(II) removal.

Ecotoxicology and environmental safety (2014-04-15)
Man Wang, Fang Hao, Gang Li, Ji Huang, Nan Bao, Lihui Huang
ABSTRACT

Activated carbon was prepared from Enteromorpha prolifera (EP) by H3PO4 activation in the presence of doped cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB), producing EPAC-CTAB. The thermal decomposition process of the activated carbon substrate was identified by thermo-gravimetric analysis. Scanning electron microscope (SEM), N2 adsorption/desorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Boehm titration, and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to characterize the physicochemical properties of native EPAC and EPAC-CTAB. EPAC-CTAB exhibited smaller surface area (689.0m(2)/g) and lower total pore volume (0.361cm(3)/g) than those of EPAC (1045.8m(2)/g and 1.048cm(3)/g), while the number of acidic groups, oxygen and nitrogen groups on the surface of EPAC-CTAB increased through CTAB doping. The batch kinetics and isotherm adsorption studies of nickel(II) onto the adsorbents were examined and agreed well with the pseudo-second-order model and the Langmuir model. The maximum adsorption capacity determined from the Langmuir model was 16.9mg/g for EPAC and 49.8mg/g for EPAC-CTAB. Under acidic condition, the adsorption of nickel(II) onto EPAC and EPAC-CTAB was hindered due to ion competition and electrostatic repulsion. The results indicated that using CTAB as a dopant for EPAC modification could markedly enhance the nickel(II) removal.

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