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Removal performance of tetracycline and oxytetracycline from aqueous solution via natural zeolites: an equilibrium and kinetic study

Lye, J. W. P. and Saman, N. and Sharuddin, S. S. N. and Othman, N. S. and Mohtar, S. S. and Md. Noor, A. M. and Buhari, J. and Cheu, S. C. and Kong, H. and Mat, H. (2017) Removal performance of tetracycline and oxytetracycline from aqueous solution via natural zeolites: an equilibrium and kinetic study. Clean - Soil, Air, Water, 45 (10). ISSN 1863-0650

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Abstract

The persistence of antibiotics in sewage wastewater treatment plants in recent years has emerged as a serious issue. This study therefore evaluated three types of natural zeolites (i.e., NZ01, NZ02, and NZ03) for the removal of selected antibiotics namely tetracycline (TC) and oxytetracycline (OTC) from aqueous solution. The physical and chemical properties of the natural zeolites were characterized using various analytical techniques and the antibiotic removal studies were carried out in a batch adsorption experiment evaluated at various experimental conditions. The highest adsorption capacity was 62.5 and 76.3 μmol/g for TC and OTC, respectively, observed for NZ02 at pH values between 7 and 8. The adsorption of TC and OTC followed the Langmuir and Temkin isotherm models, respectively, whereas the adsorption kinetic data obeyed the Elovich kinetic model. The regeneration study on NZ02 indicated that it can still remove TC and OTC after five adsorption/desorption cycles. The removal efficiency of TC and OTC also improved from approximately 5–39 and 28%, respectively, by addition of NZ02 during the coagulation/flocculation process. These results thus demonstrated the applicability of the natural zeolites, especially NZ02, for the removal of TC and OTC from aqueous solution; hence the potential for the application in sewage treatment process for removal of antibiotics through either conventional adsorption/desorption or adsorptive coagulation/flocculation (ACF) process.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:sewage wastewater treatment, natural zeolites
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical Engineering
ID Code:75927
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:30 May 2018 12:11
Last Modified:30 May 2018 12:11

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