The Dynamic Adsorption Behaviour of Fluoride onto Surface-Tailored Zeolite

Taile Leswifi, Maurice S. Onyango, Aoyi Ochieng, Fred Otieno

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Treatment of drinking water or wastewater containing health hazardous anionic species such as fluoride requires a robust and an effective technique. This can be achieved by the use of an appropriate sorption media in a fixed bed column. Recently, we developed a novel adsorption media: charge-reversed zeolite. This new sorption media was applied in removing fluoride, an inner-sphere complex forming ligand, from South African groundwater. Dynamic tests were performed using fixed bed column operated continuously or intermittently. Under continuous operation in which adsorbent type, flow rate and bed mass were variables, it was found that the performances of charge-reversed zeolite were higher than those of conventionally used sorption media such as activated alumina. Mechanistically, the uptake of fluoride is proposed to proceed by ion exchange and formation of inner-sphere complexes with the active sites, which are either protonated or neutral in nature. In attempts to delineate the controlling step(s) in the adsorption process, intermittent mode of operation was used in which the fingerprint of nonequilibrium adsorption as a result of probably intraparticle diffusion was confirmed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Civil Engineering Research and Practice
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Fluorides
Sorption
Adsorption
Activated alumina
Drinking Water
Adsorbents
Groundwater
Ion exchange
Wastewater
Flow rate
Health
Ligands

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