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  • 1 Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology Nuclear Chemistry Division P.O. Nilore, Islamabad Pakistan
  • 2 Quaid-i-Azam University Department of Chemistry Islamabad Pakistan
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The batch kinetics of Fe(III) adsorption on HTTA-loaded polyurethane (PU) foam have been investigated. The rate of controlling the adsorption is found to be intraparticle diffusion. The reaction rate of adsorption and desorption was also evaluated and found to increase and decrease with temperature, respectively. This indicates an endothermic adsorption behavior of Fe(III) on HTTA loaded PU foam. The activation energy of adsorption (80±10 kJ·mol–1) and of desorption (–45±±2 kJ· mol–1) indicates the chemical adsorption rather than physical adsorption. The isosteric heat of adsorption (Hads) was found to be –82.7±5.05 kJ·mol–1. This shows the formation of new chemical bonds among Fe(III)-HTTA-PU foam. The thermodynamic parameters of G, H and S, and equilibrium constantKc have been calculated. These functions further support that the process of adsorption of Fe(III) on HTTA-loaded PU foam is endothermic and chemisorption, stabilized through thermodynamic functions.