Authors:Xie Hongqin, Wu Duilin, Jiao Zhe, Li Xiaowei, Zhang Shouwei, Lan Yan, and Cheng Cheng
A novel composite adsorbent, magnetite/hydroxyapatite (Fe3O4/HAP) composites, was prepared by biowaste chicken eggshell for the purpose of removing radiocobalt from aqueous solutions.
It highlighted that more than 92% Co(II) could be removed by using the developed composites under the experimental conditions.
The maximum sorption capacity of Co(II) on Fe3O4/HAP composites was 6.9 × 10−4 mol/g. The coexisted foreign ions, e.g., ClO4−, NO3−, Cl−, Na+ and K+, did not interfere the elimination of Co(II) from aqueous solutions, while Mg2+ did. The sorption process was found to be controlled well by pseudo-second-order and intra-particle diffusion models, and
the equilibrium data were simulated by Langmuir model very well with high correlation coefficients. The thermodynamic parameters
confirmed the spontaneity and endothermic nature of Co(II) sorption processes. After sorption, the Fe3O4/HAP composites could be effectively and fleetly separated from aqueous solutions by magnetic separation technique in large
scale. The Fe3O4/HAP composites are suitable materials in the preconcentration of Co(II) from large volumes of aqueous solutions.
Authors:Wang Mingming, Xie Hongqin, Tan Liqiang, Qiu Jun, Tao Xingquan, and Wu Cuiping
Herein, the sorption properties of Eu(III) on Na-attapulgite were performed by using batch sorption experiments under different
experimental conditions, such as contact time, pH, ionic strength, humic acid and temperatures. The results indicated that
the sorption of Eu(III) on Na-attapulgite was strongly dependent on pH and temperature. At low pH values, the sorption of
Eu(III) was influenced by ionic strength, whereas the sorption was not affected by ionic strength at high pH values. The sorption
of Eu(III) was mainly dominated by ion exchange or outer-sphere surface complexation at low pH values, and by inner-sphere
surface complexation or surface precipitation at high pH values. The sorption of Eu(III) onto Na-attapulgite increased with
increasing temperature. The Langmuir and Freundlich models were applied to simulate the sorption isotherms, and the results
indicated that the Langmuir model simulated the sorption isotherms better than the Freundlich model. The thermodynamic parameters
(∆Go, ∆So, ∆Ho) were calculated from the temperature dependent sorption isotherms at 293, 313 and 333 K, respectively, and the results indicated
that the uptake of Eu(III) on Na-attapulgite was an endothermic and spontaneous process. The results of high Eu(III) sorption
capacity on Na-attapulgite suggest that the attapulgite is a suitable material for the preconcentration and immobilization
of Eu(III) ions from large volumes of aqueous solutions.