Synthesis of magnetite/non-oxidative graphene composites and their application for arsenic removal

Yeojoon Yoon, Mengliang Zheng, Yong Tae Ahn, Won Kyu Park, Woo Seok Yang, Joon Wun Kang

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Since graphene-based materials have been investigated to adsorb many kinds of contaminants such as heavy metals especially arsenic, the fabrication costs of them are critically important for their application to the practical adsorption process. Here, we fabricate a non-oxidative graphene with mass production and synthesis magnetite/non-oxidative graphene (M-nOG) composites for arsenic removal. The M-nOG showed great capacity for adsorption of arsenic against its low material cost. We found that the arsenite was more influenced by surface complexation and the arsenate was favorable for intraparticle diffusion in the adsorption process using M-nOG. To confirm the feasibility of M-nOG as adsorbents for arsenic removal, the effect of various conditions such as pH, temperature, competing anions, and humic acid on the arsenic removal were evaluated. Moreover, the repetitive reuse and regeneration of M-nOG were performed. In conclusion, the M-nOG was cost-effective and feasible to use practically as adsorbents for arsenic removal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-48
Number of pages9
JournalSeparation and Purification Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Funding Information:
This work is supported by the National Research Foundation of South Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea Government (MSIP) (2016R1A2B4015598) and Energy Efficiency & Resources of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the South Korea Government Ministry of Knowledge Economy (20142010102690).

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© 2017 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation


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