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J Hazard Mater. 2010 Mar 15;175(1-3):247-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2009.09.156. Epub 2009 Oct 6.

Ammonium removal from aqueous solutions by using natural Chinese (Chende) zeolite as adsorbent.

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State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640, China.


This paper presents a study of the removal of ammonium ion from aqueous solutions using natural Chinese (Chende) zeolite. A series of experiments was conducted to examine the effects of solution pH, particle size, contact time, adsorbent dosage, and the presence of other cation- and anion species on ammonium removal. The findings indicated that these parameters named had a significant effect on the removal of ammonium by the zeolite. The effect of other cations on the removal of ammonium followed the order of preference Na(+)>K(+)>Ca(2+)>Mg(2+) at identical mass concentrations, and the effect of the presence of individual anions followed the order of preference carbonate>chloride>sulfate>phosphate at identical mass concentrations of ammonium ions. Kinetic analysis showed that the adsorption of ammonium on zeolite at different ranges of particle size well followed the pseudo-second-order model and followed the intra-particle diffusion model only during the initial 60 min of the adsorption process. Equilibrium isotherm data was fitted to the linear Langmuir- and Freundlich models with the latter model providing the better description of the process (R(2)=0.991-0.997) compared to the former (R(2)=0.902-0.989).

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