This study investigates Cu and Zn removal onto binary mixed mineral sorbents from simulated wastewater, relevant to streams impacted by acid mine drainage and effluents. Mixed suspensions of kaolinite/montmorillonite and kaolinite/goethite exhibited different sorption behavior from the single mineral components, reducing Cu and Zn removal (except Cu sorbed on montmorillonite/goethite) over the range of pH investigated. Cu and Zn removal by the electrolyzed systems showed a complex response to increased ionic strength, which increased solid concentration, leading to lower Cu and Zn sorption. Enhanced Cu sorption on the montmorillonite/goethite as age increased may be attributed to increased hydroxylation of the mineral surface resulting in the formation of new reactive sites.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Colloid and Interface Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2005|