The adsorption properties of coexistent Cr(VI) and Cu(II) in mixed solution on magnetic magnetite (Fe3
) nanoparticle were studied in batch experiments. The influences of various factors, such as pH, adsorbent dose, temperature, initial concentration of metal ions, and coexisting ions in water were investigated. At the same time, the adsorption kinetics and adsorption isotherms were studied. The mechanism of adsorption for Cr(VI) and Cu(II) was investigated through the study of surface properties of Fe3
, the presence of ions, and the influence of pH and zeta potential. The results indicate that pH has an influence on adsorption for Cr(VI) and Cu(II), and the optimal pH value for Cr(VI) and Cu(II) adsorption is 4.0. The adsorption efficiency increased with the increase of the adsorbent dose. Temperature under experimental design had no obvious effect. With 2.0 g/dm3
, the maximum adsorption capacity for Cr(VI) and Cu(II) reached 8.67 mg/g and 18.61 mg/g in mixed solution of 80 mg/dm3
Cr(VI) and Cu(II), respectively. Phosphorus had some influence on the adsorption for Cr(VI), and other coexisting anions and cations had no influence on the adsorption for Cr(VI) and Cu(II). The adsorption data for Cr(VI) and Cu(II) were nicely fit to the Langmuir adsorption equation and the pseudo-second-order model. As a multifunctional material, nano-Fe3
exhibited good adsorption performance for coexistent Cr(VI) and Cu(II) and could easily be separated and recovered under magnetic field.
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