Hybrid multi-walled carbon nanotubes-alginate-polysulfone beads for adsorption of bisphenol-A from aqueous solution Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • AbstractIn recent years, the potential application of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as sorbent materials in wastewater treatment has garnered tremendous attention. Concerns that CNTs may be toxic to living organism, however, necessitate that the containment of CNTs to prevent their release into the environment in order to realize their practical application in wastewater treatment. In this study, we immobilized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) within macro-calcium alginate beads. The composite beads were coated with an additional polysulfone (Psf) layer both to provide an external barrier to MWCNTs release into the effluent and also to improve the mechanical integrity of the beads. The hybrid beads were tested for their capacity to remove the bio-refractory endocrine disruptor compound bisphenol-A (BPA) using batch and packed bead column experiments. Maximum BPA removal was achieved at 22% MWCNTs, which was the dispersion limit of MWCNTs in our study. The adsorption of BPA followed Langmuir isotherm model...

publication date

  • January 1, 2015