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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 12, No. 6, 2015, pp. 1825-1834
Bioline Code: st15170
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 12, No. 6, 2015, pp. 1825-1834

 en Removal of zinc and lead ions by polymer-enhanced ultrafiltration using unmodified starch as novel binding polymer
Baharuddin, N. H.; Sulaiman, N. M. N. & Aroua, M. K.

Abstract

The removal of zinc and lead from aqueous dilute solutions by polymer-enhanced ultrafiltration process using unmodified starch as a new binding polymer was studied. Experiments were performed to determine the effects of transmembrane pressure, pH, concentration of metal ions on the retention and permeate flux. The performance of the proposed new binding polymer was compared to that of polyethyleneimine a conventional polymer frequently used in polymer-enhanced ultrafiltration. The retention of zinc and lead ions reached 96 and 66 %, respectively, using 0.05 % unmodified starch at pH 7. Overall unmodified starch showed better retention for zinc ions then polyethyleneimine, whereas polyethyleneimine retention for lead ions was higher. Solution pH was found to have little effect on flux.

Keywords
Complexing agents; Metals; Polyethyleneimine; Separation; Water soluble

 
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