Adsorption of humic acid fractions by a magnetic ion exchange resin

Lei Ding, Dandan Wanga, Ling Li, Yunhan Jia, Jiangya Ma, Feifei Wang*, Jan Peter van der Hoek

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Abstract

Natural organic matter in waters varies in different fractions. To better understand the removal of different fractions by a magnetic ion exchange (MIEX) resin and the mechanism behind it, this study investigated adsorption kinetics, equilibrium and thermodynamics of humic acid (HA) fractions with different hydrophilic-hydrophobic properties and molecular weights on MIEX resin through a series of batch experiments. MIEX resin can effectively remove approximately 40% of hydrophilic and 30% of hydrophobic HA components, as well as approximately 44% of molecular weight (MW) ,10 kDa to some degree. The removal efficiency of HA fractions by MIEX resin reduced with the increase of pH from 6 to 9. Adsorption kinetics of different HA fractions on MIEX resin fitted the pseudo-second-order model well. With the increase of MW of HA from ,1 kDa to .10 kDa, the time to reach adsorption equilibrium reduced from 180 to 120 min. It took more time for the hydrophilic fractions (140 min) to reach the equilibrium than for hydrophobic HA fractions (120 min). The Sips model fitted the adsorption equilibrium data of HA fractions on MIEX resin well. It was revealed that the adsorption of HA fractions on MIEX resin was spontaneous, endothermic and an entropy driven process, and the chemisorption might dominate the adsorption of HA components on MIEX resin. This study is of great significance to the design of magnetic ion exchange resin reactors and the optimization of operational parameters for the removal of natural organic matter with different hydrophilic-hydrophobic properties and molecular weights in different water sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2129-2144
Number of pages16
JournalWater Science and Technology
Volume85
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • adsorption
  • HA
  • ion exchange
  • MIEX resin
  • molecular weight

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