Removal of Boron by Surfactant Modified Zeolitic Tuff from Northeastern Greece

Nina S. Dionisiou, Theodora Matsi, Nikolaos D. Misopolinos


Boron adsorption on surfactant modified zeolite (SMZ) was investigated, in the perspective of using SMZ for B removal from irrigation waters, since SMZ has been proven efficient adsorbent for many anions. A calcareous clinoptilolite was used and a sub-sample was treated with HCl. Then the charge of the external surface of the untreated and treated zeolite was modified and B adsorption was studied. The SMZ adsorbed B and its adsorption capacity was increased with HCl treatment and pH adjustment at the strongly alkaline range. However, in all cases the relative amounts of B removed from solution were much lower than other anions reported in the literature. In addition, B concentration in the equilibrium solution was above 3 mg L-1, which is considered a critical limit for B in irrigation waters in respect to the risk of B phytotoxicity. It was concluded that SMZ is not an effective means for B removal from irrigation waters and thus its use for B water treatment is not recommended.

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