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Reactivity and Heavy Metal Removal Capacity of Calcium Alginate Beads Loaded with Ca–Al Layered Double Hydroxides

INFIQC-CONICET, Departamento de Fisicoquímica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina
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ChemEngineering 2019, 3(1), 22;
Received: 13 January 2019 / Revised: 21 February 2019 / Accepted: 27 February 2019 / Published: 1 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Applications of Layered Double Hydroxides)
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Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) present multiple applications due to their versatility and reactivity. Thus, Ca–Al LDHs with Friedel’s salt structure (HC) have been proposed as heavy metal scavengers due to their buffering capacity at basic pHs. Nevertheless, the control of the reactivity of LDHs such as HC is necessary to optimize their applications. Here, the reactivity of an HC prepared by a coprecipitation method was modified by its inclusion in calcium alginate (CaAlg) beads prepared by ionic gelation. The obtained beads (CaAlg/HC) showed good dispersion of the HC particles in the alginate matrix and were used to test the acid base reactivity and heavy metal uptake capacity compared with pure CaAlg beads and HC powder separately. The pH buffering capacity of CaAlg beads was enriched by the inclusion of HC that, in turn, was modulated in its reactivity. Thus, the HC dissolution times changed from mere seconds for the powder to tens of minutes when enclosed in the beads in a kinetic profile determined by the diffusive step. On the other hand, Cu2+ uptake capacity of CaAlg/HC beads combined the Cu(OH)2 precipitation capacity of HC with the complexation capacity of alginate, reaching good affinity and capacity for the obtained beads. Nevertheless, the precipitation of the hydroxide was produced outside the bead, which would induce the addition of an additional separation step to produce an acceptable Cu2+ elimination. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrocalumite; pH buffering; chelation; precipitation; ionic gelation hydrocalumite; pH buffering; chelation; precipitation; ionic gelation

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Borgiallo, A.; Rojas, R. Reactivity and Heavy Metal Removal Capacity of Calcium Alginate Beads Loaded with Ca–Al Layered Double Hydroxides. ChemEngineering 2019, 3, 22.

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