Sulfate Adsorption on Iron Nanocomposites on Graphene Oxide and Activated Carbon Beds

Document Type : Research Paper


1 MSc in Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Mahsharh Branch, Mahshahr, Iran

2 Ass. Prof. of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Mahsharh Branch, Mahshahr, Iran


This study is an experimental investigation of sulfate removal efficiency using iron nanocomposites on graphene oxide and activated carbon beds. The graphene oxide used was synthesized according to the Hummer method during which process graphene oxide and activated carbon were added. The effects of various parameters including adsorbent content, pH, and contact time on adsorption were investigated. Furthermore, the data were subjected to kinetic studies. Results revealed that the highest absorption rates of 84% and 62% were achieved for iron on the graphene oxide and activated carbon beds, respectively, when 0.06 g of the adsorbent was used at pH =11 over a contact time of 9 hours. It was also found that the kinetic pseudo-second-order model best fit the data. Finally, the results indicated that the two environmentally-friendly adsorbents have a good potential for removing sulfate from aqueous solutions.


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