Effect of carboxylic functional group functionalized on carbon nanotubes surface on the removal of lead from water

Muataz Atieh, Omer Yehya Bakather, Bassam Al-Tawbini, Alaadin A. Bukhari, Faraj Ahmad Abuilaiwi, Mohamed B. Fettouhi

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The adsorption mechanism of the removal of lead from water by using carboxylic functional group (COOH) functionalized on the surface of carbon nanotubes was investigated. Four independent variables including pH, CNTs dosage, contact time, and agitation speed were carried out to determine the influence of these parameters on the adsorption capacity of the lead from water. The morphology of the synthesized multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in order to measure the diameter and the length of the CNTs. The diameters of the carbon nanotubes were varied from 20 to 40nm with average diameter at 24nm and 10 micrometer in length. Results of the study showed that 100 of lead was removed by using COOH-MCNTs at pH 7, 150rpm, and 2 hours. These high removal efficiencies were likely attributed to the strong affinity of lead to the physical and chemical properties of the CNTs. The adsorption isotherms plots were well fitted with experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number603978
JournalBioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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