Characterization of insolubilized humic acid and its sorption behaviors

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Insolubilized humic acid (IHA) was prepared in the laboratory by heating approach. Through the comparison between the endothermic peaks, optimal heating temperature was determined to be 330A degrees C. The modified IHA then was characterized by TG-DTA, SEM, FTIR, element analysis, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The removal efficiency of p-nitrophenol from the aqueous solution by adsorption onto solid IHA surfaces was shown to be a function of pH, reaction temperature, and p-nitrophenol concentration. Adsorption equilibrium data satisfactorily fitted the Langmuir adsorption isotherm. Under a certain concentration range, the removal rate of p-nitrophenol at pH 3.5 could reach 24, 29, and 35 mg/g at a temperature of 25, 35, and 45 +/- 0.1A degrees C. The results suggest that IHA could play a role as a potential efficient absorbent to remove organic contaminants, e.g., utilized to purify water contaminated by organic compounds.


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  • Water Engineering


  • p-Nitrophenol, Isothermal curve, Adsorption, Modification, Soil contamination, Insolubilized humic acid
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1847-1853
JournalEnvironmental Geology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch