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Volume 9 |Article ID 617050 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/617050

E. A. Abdullah, A. H. Abdullah, Z. Zainal, M. Z. Hussein, T. K. Ban, "Bismuth Basic Nitrate as a Novel Adsorbent for Azo Dye Removal", Journal of Chemistry, vol. 9, Article ID 617050, 12 pages, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/617050

Bismuth Basic Nitrate as a Novel Adsorbent for Azo Dye Removal

Received20 Oct 2011
Accepted30 Dec 2011

Abstract

Bismuth basic nitrate (BBN) and its TiO2-Ag modified sorbent, PTBA were successfully synthesized via a precipitation method. The structural characteristics of prepared sorbents were determined through different analytical techniques. The potential use of prepared sorbents for organic compounds' removal was evaluated using Methyl Orange and Sunset Yellow dyes as model pollutants in aqueous solutions. The experimental results showed that the presence of TiO2 and Ag particles during the crystal growth of bismuth basic nitrate has an effect on the crystal structure, point of zero charge (pHpzc), pore volume and diameter. The lower binding energy of Ti 2p core level peak indicates the octahedral coordination of TiO2 particles on the PTBA surface. The alteration of hydrophilic-hydrophobic characteristics of sorbent's surface improves the adsorptive performance of the modified sorbent and provides an efficient route for organic contaminants' removal from aqueous solutions.

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