Copper and zinc removal from aqueous solution by mixed mineral systems II: the role of solution composition and aging

D Egirani, AR Baker, JE Andrews

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-333
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2005

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