Abstract: This research evaluated the importance of the adsorption properties of chitosan a chitosan/zeolite conjugate film for the removal of Cr(VI) ions from solutions in the 5–260 mg/L concentration range, when the pH was adjusted to 4.0 and 6.0. The uptake capacities of the films formed by chitosan and by the chitosan/zeolite conjugate were calculated by mass balance. The equilibrium isotherms were fitted to the Langmuir, Freundlich and Redlich-Peterson models. The chitosan film seems to be a good sorbent for Cr(VI) at pH 4, but its physical instability suggests the need for a more resilient support. Due to this fact zeolite was added to the chitosan matrix in solution and a chitosan/zeolite (CS/Zeo) film was thus formed. The solubility of the film and the characterization of the different matrices by FTIR, TGA and X-Ray showed that a cross-linked structure was formed between the chitosan and zeolite and the solubility of the film increased. In this study, the low manufacturing cost of the CS/Zeo matrix, the good uptake of Cr(VI) at acidic pH (17.28 mg/g) and the non desorption of Cr(VI) from the film in water suggests this combination should be tested in industrial environment.
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Batista, A.C.L.; Villanueva, E.R.; Amorim, R.V.S.; Tavares, M.T.; Campos-Takaki, G.M. Chromium (VI) Ion Adsorption Features of Chitosan Film and Its Chitosan/Zeolite Conjugate 13X Film. Molecules 2011, 16, 3569-3579.
Batista ACL, Villanueva ER, Amorim RVS, Tavares MT, Campos-Takaki GM. Chromium (VI) Ion Adsorption Features of Chitosan Film and Its Chitosan/Zeolite Conjugate 13X Film. Molecules. 2011; 16(5):3569-3579.
Batista, Anabelle C. L.; Villanueva, Emílio R.; Amorim, Rosa Valéria S.; Tavares, Maria Teresa; Campos-Takaki, Galba M. 2011. "Chromium (VI) Ion Adsorption Features of Chitosan Film and Its Chitosan/Zeolite Conjugate 13X Film." Molecules 16, no. 5: 3569-3579.