MODIFICATION OF OXIDIZED ACTIVATED CARBON SURFACE BY Fe AND Mn FOR ARSENIC REMOVAL FROM AQUEROUS SOLUTION
Keywords:oxidized activated carbon, Fe and Mn modificaton, arsenic removal.
Carboxylate groups on oxidized activated carbon surface were transformed to the forms of Mn2+ and Fe3+ (signed as OAC-Mn and OAC-Fe respectively) through multi-step procedure. This modified activated carbon then was used as an adsorption material for arsenic removing from aqueous solution. Synthetic water containing As(III) and As(V) was used for study of arsenic adsorption capacities of OAC-Fe and OAC-Mn. The similar study had also been done with original granular activated carbon for comparison. The effects of modified metals onto oxidized activated carbon, metals doses and initial arsenic concentration on the removal of As(III), As(V) have been surveyed and discussed. Batch adsorption experiments were carried out with arsenic concentration in the range of 1 – 50 mg/l. Langmuir models were used for the adsorption isotherm screening. The results showed that both of OAC-Fe and OAC-Mn have good adsorption capacities for As(III) but OAC-Fe has a greater removal capacity for As(V) than OAC-Mn. OAC-Mn was identified as a good material for the of As(III) removal, because of its oxidation efficiency of As(III) to As(V) during adsorption process.
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