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Molecules 2010, 15(9), 6257-6268; doi:10.3390/molecules15096257

Microwave Irradiation-Assisted Synthesis of a Novel Crown Ether Crosslinked Chitosan as a Chelating Agent for Heavy Metal Ions (M+n)

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Received: 23 June 2010 / Revised: 18 August 2010 / Accepted: 2 September 2010 / Published: 6 September 2010
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Microwave irradiation was used to obtain a di-Schiff base type crosslinked chitosan dibenzocrown ether (CCdBE) via the reaction between the –NH2 and –CHO groups in chitosan and 4,4′-diformyldibenzo-18-c-6, respectively. The structure of the synthesized compound was characterized by elemental analysis, solid state 13C-NMR and FT-IR spectra analysis. The results showed that the mass fraction of nitrogen in the CCdBE derivative was much lower than those of chitosan. The FT-IR spectra of CCdBE revealed the expected chitosan-crown ether structure, as evidenced by the presence of the characteristic C=N and Ar peaks. The adsorption properties of CCdBE for Pd2+ and Hg2+ were investigated and the results demonstrated that the adsorbent has both desirable adsorption properties with a high particular adsorption selectivity for Hg2+ when in the presence of Pb2+ as well as selectivity coefficients for metal ions of KHg2+ /Pb2+ = 8.00 and KHg 2+/Pb2+ = 10.62 at pH values of 4 and 6, respectively. The reusability tests for CCdBE for Pb2+ adsorption showed that complete recovery of the ion was possible with CCdBE after 10-multiple reuses while CTS had no reusability at acidic solution because of its higher dissolution. The studied features of CCdBE suggested that the material could be considered as a new adsorbent. It is envisaged that the crosslinking of CTS into CCdBE would enhance practicality and effectiveness of adsorption in ion separation and removal procedures.
Keywords: chitosan; crown ether; adsorption chitosan; crown ether; adsorption
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Radwan, A.A.; Alanazi, F.K.; Alsarra, I.A. Microwave Irradiation-Assisted Synthesis of a Novel Crown Ether Crosslinked Chitosan as a Chelating Agent for Heavy Metal Ions (M+n). Molecules 2010, 15, 6257-6268.

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