STUDY OF COPPER REMOVAL IN WATER BY ION EXCHANGE MATERIAL
Keywords:ion exchange, polystyrene plastic, sulfonation, copper, contaminated water.
In this study, sulfonation of polystyrene waste was investigated of the possibility of the removing Cu (II) ions in solution. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) of sulfonation polystyrene waste was performed to study the material characteristics and the results showed the presence of sulfonic group bands. The efficiency of Cu (II) ion removal in ion exchange column experiments indicated that the quality of sulfonation of polystyrene waste depended on some factors as the reaction time, height of the column and the velocity of the flow rate. Ion exchange experiments were carried out with the columns of 8 and 6 mm internal diameter, of which 10 cm of column bed height in the 8 mm-diameter column obtained the highest efficiency of 74.13 % at 1 hr reaction time, and flow rate of 1.48 mL per min. The experimental data were consistent with Thomas and Yoon-Nelson kinetic models.
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