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Thiourea Adsorbent for Efficient Removal of Mercury (II)


The removal of heavy toxic metals from industrial effluents is extremely important, especially for mercury (Hg), which is classified as a highly toxic even at low concentrations. For this purpose, novel thiourea chelating resins were synthesized as sorbent for Hg (II). Six different polymers of formo-phenolic types were characterized and evaluated for their chelating properties with respect to Hg (II) extraction. Batch adsorption studies of mercury (II) as a function of pH, initial metal ion concentration, temperature, and time showed that thiourea formo-phenolic polymers have a good affinity for Hg removal and a high adsorption capacity. Adsorption isotherms (Lang-muir and Freundlich) and kinetic models (pseudo-first and pseudo-second order) were used to interpret the sorption behavior of the materials. The Langmuir model yielded the best fit with a maximum adsorption capacity of 300 mg/g. Desorption studies were performed with aqueous thiourea solution and showed that the adsorbent is indeed regenerable and can be effectively used for up to three adsorption-desorption cycles with negligible loss of performance. This study confirmed the potential of thiol-modified formo-phenolic resins in sorbent engineering with promising applications in the remediation of mercury-contaminated water.


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hal-04384786 , version 1 (10-01-2024)



Claudine El Khoueiry, Fabrice Giusti, Evan Lelong, Guilhem Arrachart, Bilal Nsouli, et al.. Thiourea Adsorbent for Efficient Removal of Mercury (II). ChemistrySelect, 2023, 8 (44), ⟨10.1002/slct.202303015⟩. ⟨hal-04384786⟩
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