Hexavalent chromium removal by magnetic particle-loaded micro-sized chitinous egg shells isolated from ephippia of water flea.

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Summary of "Hexavalent chromium removal by magnetic particle-loaded micro-sized chitinous egg shells isolated from ephippia of water flea."

Modified chitin and magnetic particles are two important materials widely used in heavy metal removal studies. Loading of magnetic particles into conventional adsorbents has emerged as a recent convenient way to improve the properties of adsorptive materials. Compared to its deacetylated form chitosan, chitin has very limited use in removal of contaminants because of its insolubility in aqueous environments. This study reports an easy way to produce micro-sized chitin and gives details on loading of magnetic particles into micro-sized chitin to enhance the interaction of chitin with heavy metal contaminant; hexavalent chromium Cr(VI). Removal of Cr(VI) ions from the aquatic environments is of high importance considering its detrimental effects on human health. Chitin microcages that had been isolated from the ephippial eggs of Daphnia longispina (crustacean, water flea) were incorporated with magnetic particles. Chitin microcages and magnetic particles-loaded chitin microcages were tested in removal of Cr(VI) under different solution and operational parameters; adsorbent dosage, contact time, Cr(VI) ion concentration, pH and temperature. Magnetic particles-loaded chitin microcages yielded higher Cr(VI) removal performance under all the specified conditions; chitin microcages: 0.77 mmol/ g and particles-loaded chitin microcages: 1.29 mmol/ g.


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Name: International journal of biological macromolecules
ISSN: 1879-0003


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