Removal of Cr(VI) from water using Fe(II)-modified natural zeolite

Guocheng Lv, Zhaohui Li, Wei Teh Jiang, Caren Ackley, Nancy Fenske, Nick Demarco

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In this study, natural zeolite aggregates with the particle size of 1.4-2.4. mm were modified by Fe(II). The unmodified zeolite and Fe(II)-modified zeolite (Fe-eZ) were subjected to batch and column tests to study the Cr(VI) sorption, transport, and retardation. Modification of the natural zeolite with Fe(II) resulted in an increase in Cr(VI) sorption to 6. mmol/kg. The Cr(VI) sorption followed a pseudo-second-order kinetics with a rate of 17. mmol/g. h and a rate constant of 0.7. g/mmol. h. Cr(VI) removal from solution increased with an increase in ionic strength, but decreased as the solution pH increased. At a Cr(VI) input concentration of 100. mg/L, unmodified zeolite did not show any Cr(VI) retardation at all. In contrast, the observed retardation factor of Fe-eZ for Cr(VI) increased by a factor of 6. The hydraulic conductivity of the zeolite showed little change before and after Fe(II) modification and before and after Cr(VI) sorption, suggesting its good mechanical stability to be used as packing materials for permeable reactive barriers in groundwater remediation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-390
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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