Journal :   Asian Journal of Research in Chemistry

Volume No. :   13

Issue No. :  1

Year :  2020

Pages :   60-64

ISSN Print :  0974-4169

ISSN Online :  0974-4150


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Facile removal of Fluoride Ions from water using Triethylamine Modified Polyethylene Adsorbent

Address:   Gerald Mbugua1, Isaac Mwangi1, Ruth Wanjau1, Moses Abednego Ollengo2, Esther Wanja Nthiga2, Jane Catherine Ngila3
1 Department of Chemistry, Kenyatta University, P.O. Box 43844, Nairobi, Kenya
2 Department of Chemistry, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Private bag, Nyeri, Kenya
3Department of Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, Doornfontein Campus, Doornfontein, South Africa
*Corresponding Author
DOI No: 10.5958/0974-4150.2020.00013.9

Highly fluoridated water is hazardous to human and animal health and effects are not limited to dental and skeletal fluorosis, diarrhea and impaired brain development. Traditional water treatment methods have limitations such as high production cost, ineffectiveness and are not reusable. In this work, the use of waste polyethylene materials derived from municipal solid waste as a green water treatment technique that affords low price, value addition and ecological friendly technology has been presented. The polyethylene wastes were dispersed in vegetable oil and modified using triethylamine. Modification was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effect of pH, initial fluoride concentration, contact time and adsorbent dose were investigated and optimized. adsorption was found to prescribe to Langmuir adsorption with an adsorption capacity of 10. 30 mgg-1. The removal process was found to be optimal at pH 6.0. This study showed that triethylamine modified polyethylene adsorbent has a potential application for removal of fluoride from contaminated waters.
Complexation capacity, triethylamine, vegetable oil, kinetic isotherm.
Gerald Mbugua, Isaac Mwangi, Ruth Wanjau, Moses Abednego Ollengo, Esther Wanja Nthiga, Jane Catherine Ngila. Facile removal of Fluoride Ions from water using Triethylamine Modified Polyethylene Adsorbent. Asian J. Research Chem.2020;13(1):60-64.
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