Liu, J., Wong, L. M., Gurudayal, G., Wong, L. H., Chiam, S. Y., Yau Li, S. F., &amp; Ren, Y. (2016). Immobilization of dye pollutants on iron hydroxide coated substrates: kinetics, efficiency and the adsorption mechanism. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4(34), 13280–13288. doi:10.1039/c6ta03088b
Research on adsorbent materials has recently revolved around nanoparticles due to their enhanced surface area. However, they pose a major problem in terms of their removal and persistency in treated water, which is hazardous for consumption. This issue can be alleviated by immobilizing the pollutant on a rigid substrate. Using coated FeOOH porous thin films, we demonstrated a high adsorption capacity of 144 mg g−1 for Congo red that proved the viability of such an approach. The coated film therefore achieved unprecedented ease in separating the pollutant through immobilization. In addition, our film was grown using an environmentally friendly method at room temperature, making it highly attractive and scalable. Finally, we also examined the kinetics and adsorption mechanism of Congo red on FeOOH. We found that it is governed by a surface limited chemisorption reaction, through a unidentate complex bonding of Fe with the sulfonic group of the dye. We discussed the implication of such a mechanism by showing how the structure of our coated film plays a key role in affecting the adsorption capacity, and the theoretical limit of FeOOH adsorption.
This research / project is supported by the National University of Singapore / Ministry of Education - NA
Grant Reference no. : R-143-000-582-112
This research / project is supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation - Environment and Water Technologies Strategic Research Programme
Grant Reference no. : EWI RFP 1301-IRIS-21
This research / project is supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation - Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) of the PUB
Grant Reference no. : EWI RFP 1301-IRIS-26