Adsorption of heavy metals in mine wastewater by Mongolian natural zeolite

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In the first, Mongolian natural zeolites, whose base components were clinoptilolite, mordenite, and chabazite, were characterized in terms of element content, cation exchange capacity, and the like. Since the molar ratios of aluminum relative to silicon contained in Mongolian natural zeolites used in this study were lower than those of pure zeolites, the natural zeolite samples contained substantial amounts of impurities. The cation exchange capacity of the natural zeolite sample relatively increased with increasing aluminum content in the zeolite sample. Secondly, the batch equilibrium adsorptions of heavy metals, i.e., copper, zinc, and manganese, from model aqueous wastewater by Mongolian natural zeolites were carried. The natural zeolites could adsorb and remove the heavy metals in the aqueous solutions. The precipitation of metal hydroxide affected the results of adsorption in some cases. The saturated adsorbed amounts of the heavy metals estimated by Langmuir equation were almost same with one another, increased with solution pH and with cation exchange capacity of the natural zeolite. © 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Egashira, R., Tanabe, S., & Habaki, H. (2012). Adsorption of heavy metals in mine wastewater by Mongolian natural zeolite. In Procedia Engineering (Vol. 42, pp. 49–57). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2012.07.394

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