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Ammonia nitrogen removal from aqueous solution using functionalized zeolite columns
journal contributionposted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Hongbin Wang, H Gui, Wenrong YangWenrong Yang, Da Li, W Tan, M Yang, Colin BarrowColin Barrow
In this study, a functionalized zeolites column was developed to remove ammonia nitrogen with a low concentration (50 mg/L) from aqueous solution. The absorption properties and regeneration capacity were investigated. Through breakthrough and elution curve for dynamic adsorption, we found the wastewater with 50 mg/L ammonia nitrogen took 7 h to flow 10 g modified zeolites column with diameters of 24 to 64 meshes at a flow rate of 2 mL/min. The saturated extent of adsorption was up to 7.95 mg/g, and the saturated adsorption time was 22 h. The process of dynamic adsorption could be fitted by the Thomas Model. The regeneration ability was optimized by 0.1 M Na2CO3 as a regenerant. With excellent absorption ability for removing ammonia nitrogen with a low concentration, the functionalized zeolites could be potentially used a high-performance adsorbent for removing ammonia nitrogen.