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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2019, Article ID 2042563, 11 pages
Research Article

Tartrazine Removal from Aqueous Solution by HDTMA-Br-Modified Colombian Bentonite

1Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Facultad de Ingeniería y Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Campus La Nubia, km 7 Vía al Aeropuerto, AA 127 Manizales, Colombia
2Departamento de Física y Química, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Campus La Nubia, km 7 Vía al Aeropuerto, AA 127 Manizales, Colombia

Correspondence should be addressed to Gloria I. Giraldo-Gómez; oc.ude.lanu@ogodlarigig

Received 6 May 2019; Revised 16 July 2019; Accepted 22 July 2019; Published 8 September 2019

Academic Editor: Rizwan Hasan Khan

Copyright © 2019 Ronald A. Otavo-Loaiza 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.


The effect of pH, ionic strength (NaCl added), agitation speed, adsorbent mass, and contact time on the removal of tartrazine from an aqueous solution, using an organobentonite, has been studied. A complete factorial design 32 with two replicates was used to evaluate the influence of the dye concentration (30, 40, and 50 mg/L) and amount of adsorbent (25, 35, and 45 mg) on decolorization of the solution. Experimental data were evaluated with Design Expert® software using a response surface methodology (RSM) in order to obtain the interaction between the processed variables and the response. pH values between 2 and 9, stirring speed above 200 rpm, and contact time of 60 min did not have a significant effect on decolorization. The optimum conditions for maximum removal of tartrazine from an aqueous solution of 30 mg/L were follows: pH = 6.0, NaCl concentration = 0.1 M, stirring speed = 230 rpm, temperature = 20°C, contact time = 60 min, and the organobentonite amount = 38.04 mg. The equilibrium isotherm at 20°C was analyzed by means of the Langmuir and Freundlich models, and the maximum adsorption capacity obtained was 40.79 ± 0.71 mg/g. This adsorption process was applied in a sample of industrial wastewater containing tartrazine and sunset yellow, having obtained a decolorization rate higher than 98% for both dyes. These results suggest that organobentonite is an effective adsorbent for the removal of anionic dyes from an aqueous solution.