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Application of novel complexing agent in sorption of heavy metal ions from wastewaters on ion exchangers of various types

Application of novel complexing agent in sorption of heavy metal ions from wastewaters on ion exchangers of various types

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) are very effective chelating agents used in many branches of industry. However, they are characterized by low biodegradability (EDTA) and carcinogenic effect (NTA), additionally they are quite persistent in the environment. The search for a cost effective alternative to these two most frequently used chelating agents has long been an industry target. One of them is N, N-bis(carboxylmethyl)-L-glutamic acid whose tetrasodium salt known as Dissolvine GL-38. The aim of our work was to investigate Dissolvine GL-38 as a potential alternative for EDTA or NTA in effective removal of heavy metal ions from waters and wastewaters. In the presented paper there were used for the sorption of of heavy metal ions two commercially available ion exchangers: Lewatit MonoPlus MP 64 and Purolite S-920. A series of experiments was conducted to optimise the method for the Cu(II), Zn(II), Ni(II) and Cd(II) removal from industrial effluents. It was found that the sorption efficiency of the monodisperse polystyrene anion exchanger as well as the chelating ion exchanger varied depending on metal ions concentration, pH, phase contact time, agitation, temperature and properties of ion exchangers.

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Selected aspect in the separation of inorganic and organic species on ion exchangers and sorbents of various types

Selected aspect in the separation of inorganic and organic species on ion exchangers and sorbents of various types

In the paper the example papers from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry are presented. They are connected with the research of sorption and separation of inorganic and organic species on ion exchangers and sorbents of various types are presented. The main subjects include physicochemical studies of metal ions removal on anion exchangers, chelating and modified ion exchangers as well as zeolites, sorption and separation of rare earth elements, recovery of noble metal particularly from chloride solutions by ion exchange or extraction method, application of the anion exchangers of various types in dyes removal from aqueous solutions and wastewaters and chemistry of porphyrins in the aspect of environmental protection.

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