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Cotton Industry waste as adsorbent for Methylene Blue

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
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Maria Daniela Tenev1 , Alejandro Farías1, Camila Torre1, Gimena Fontana1, Néstor Caracciolo2, Susana Boeykens2
1 Grupo de Investigación sobre Temas Ambientales y Químicos, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional -FRRe,Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
2 Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ingeniería, Laboratorio de Química de Sistemas Heterogéneos, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Removing dyes used in the textile industry from the water bodies is a relevant task because of the importance of their high toxicity. The cotton industry waste is a big problem in the final disposal. Waste cotton fibrils were studied as adsorbent material to treat the coloured effluents of the textile industry. Washing with boiling water was determined as the most efficient method for cleaning. The material was physical characterized. After that, methylene blue adsorption tests were carried out to review the dry removal process at different pH. The Langmuir isotherm and the pseudo-second kinetic order models best described this adsorption process. The results would indicate that the process involve a chemisorptions.

Keywords: Textile effluent, dye, methylene blue, adsorption, cotton waste.

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