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Capture of Co(II) from its aqueous EDTA-chelate by DTPA-modified silica gel and chitosan

Repo, Eveliina, Malinen, Leena, Koivula, Risto, Harjula, Risto, Sillanpää, Mika
Journal of hazardous materials 2011 v.187 no.1-3 pp. 122-132
EDTA (chelating agent), active sites, adsorbents, adsorption, capillary electrophoresis, chelation, chitosan, cobalt, decontamination, effluents, gels, iron, models, silica gel, water treatment
The adsorption of Co(II) by diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA)-modified silica gel and chitosan in the presence of EDTA and other interfering species was studied. Co(II) removal ranged from 93% to 96% from the solutions where Co(II) was totally chelated by EDTA. The amount of oxalate or Fe(II) did not affect the adsorption of Co(II) in the case of DTPA-chitosan. However, increasing the amount of oxalate enhanced the adsorption performance of DTPA-silica gel, probably due to the formation of new active sites on the silica gel surface. DTPA-chitosan was also effective in simulated decontamination solutions. For DTPA-silica gel, the rate of adsorption of free Co(II) was controlled by pore diffusion, but the rate of adsorption of Co(II)EDTA was controlled by the surface chelation reaction, which was attributed to the inhibited diffusion of Co(II)EDTA inside the silica gel mesopores. However, the macroporous structure of DTPA-chitosan enabled pore diffusion of both Co(II) and Co(II)EDTA. The equilibrium isotherms of DTPA-silica gel were best described by a BiLangmuir model, in which there are two different adsorption sites on the silica gel surface assigned to different speciations of DTPA. For DTPA-chitosan, the data fit best with a Sips model, which indicates system heterogeneity. Finally, measurements with capillary electrophoresis showed an increase in dissolved EDTA during adsorption, demonstrating the ability of DTPA-modified adsorbents to release Co(II) from its EDTA chelate. This promising result can provide a basis for applying the studied materials to the treatment of water effluents containing Co(II) chelated by EDTA by a simple one-step adsorption process.