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Polymers 2017, 9(1), 5;

Rapid and Effective Removal of Cu2+ from Aqueous Solution Using Novel Chitosan and Laponite-Based Nanocomposite as Adsorbent

School of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580, China
State Key Laboratory of Offshore Oil Exploitation, Beijing 100027, China
CNOOC Research Institute, Beijing 100027, China
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Academic Editors: Joannis K. Kallitsis, Georgios Bokias and Valadoula Deimede
Received: 8 October 2016 / Revised: 11 December 2016 / Accepted: 21 December 2016 / Published: 27 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hybrid Polymeric Materials)
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In this paper, a novel method for preparing nanoparticle-polymer hybrid adsorbent was established. Laponite was dispersed in distilled water to form Laponite nanoparticles. These nanoparticles were pre-adsorbed by 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane-sulfonic acid (AMPS) to improve their dispersion stability in chitosan solution. The nanoparticle-polymer hybrid adsorbent was prepared by copolymerization of chitosan, acrylamide, acrylic acid, AMPS, and Laponite nanoparticles. Four adsorbents were obtained and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller adsorption (BET). Additionally, the uptake capacities of Cu2+ using different samples were studied. Compared to the adsorbent without chitosan and Laponite components, the maximum uptake of the hybrid adsorbent increased from 0.58 to 1.28 mmol·g−1 and the adsorption equilibrium time of it decreased from more than 75 min to less than 35 min, which indicated that the addition of chitosan and Laponite could greatly increase the adsorption rate and capacity of polymer adsorbent. The effects of different experimental parameters—such as initial pH, temperature, and equilibrium Cu2+ concentration—on the adsorption capacities were studied. Desorption study indicated that this hybrid adsorbent was easy to be regenerated. View Full-Text
Keywords: heavy metal removal; nanoparticle-polymer hybrids; Laponite; biosorbent; rapid adsorption heavy metal removal; nanoparticle-polymer hybrids; Laponite; biosorbent; rapid adsorption

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Cao, J.; Cao, H.; Zhu, Y.; Wang, S.; Qian, D.; Chen, G.; Sun, M.; Huang, W. Rapid and Effective Removal of Cu2+ from Aqueous Solution Using Novel Chitosan and Laponite-Based Nanocomposite as Adsorbent. Polymers 2017, 9, 5.

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