Removal of antibiotics from aqueous solution by using porous adsorbent templated from eco-friendly Pickering aqueous foams


Aiqin Wang , Hui Yu , Yongfeng Zhu , Aiping Hui , Fangfang Yang

DOI:10.1016/j.jes.2020.09.010

Received March 25, 2020,Revised , Accepted September 06, 2020, Available online October 20, 2020

Volume 102,2021,Pages 352-362

The aqueous foam template without any solvent and only using the particles stabilizer has attracted much attention for preparation of the porous adsorbents. Herein, a novel porous adsorbent was fabricated via thermal-initiated polymerization of Pickering aqueous foams, which was stabilized by the natural sepiolite (Sep) and pine pollen, and utilized for the removal of antibiotic from aqueous solution. The stabilizing mechanism of Pickering aqueous foam of that the Sep was modified with the leaching substance from pine pollen and arranged orderly around the bubble to form a dense “shell” structure was revealed. The adsorbents possessed the hierarchical porous structure and excellent adsorption performance for antibiotic of chlorotetracycline hydrochloride (CTC) and tetracycline hydrochloride (TC). The equilibrium adsorption capacities of CTC and TC were achieved with 465.59 and 330.59 mg/g within 60 min at 25°C, respectively. The adsorption process obeyed Langmuir model and pseudo-second-order adsorption kinetic model. This work provided eco-friendly approach for fabricate porous adsorbents for wastewater treatment.

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