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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 689734, 5 pages
Research Article

Adsorption of Monobutyl Phthalate from Aqueous Phase onto Two Macroporous Anion-Exchange Resins

1Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
2School of Environmental Science & Engineering, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
3School of Sciences, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 211198, China

Received 19 November 2013; Accepted 13 December 2013; Published 8 January 2014

Academic Editor: Qingrui Zhang

Copyright © 2014 Zhengwen Xu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


As new emerging pollutants, phthalic acid monoesters (PAMs) pose potential ecological and human health risks. In the present study, adsorption performance of monobutyl phthalate (MBP) onto two macroporous base anion-exchange resins (D-201 and D-301) was discussed. It was found that the adsorption isotherms were best fitted by the Langmuir equation while the adsorption kinetics were well described by pseudo-first-order model. Analyses of sorption isotherms and thermodynamics proved that the adsorption mechanisms for DBP onto D-201 were ion exchange. However, the obtained enthalpy values indicate that the sorption process of MBP onto D-301 is physical adsorption. The equilibrium adsorption capacities and adsorption rates of DBP on two different resins increased with the increasing temperature of the solution. D-301 exhibited a higher adsorption capacity of MBP than D-201. These results proved that D-301, as an effective sorbent, can be used to remove phthalic acid monoesters from aqueous solution.