Chitosan/Al2O3-HA nanocomposite beads for efficient removal of estradiol and chrysoidin from aqueous solution

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International Journal of Biological Macromolecules


© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Alumina, as a support material, was loaded together with chitosan and hydroxyapatite to form chitosan/Al2O3-HA composite beads and was used for estradiol and chrysoidin removal from aqueous solution in the present work. The physicochemical properties of the beads were studied with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis. FTIR spectra confirmed that the chitosan was loaded successfully on Al2O3-HA, and functional groups were immobilized onto the surface of the beads after the synthesis. The adsorption condition including pH, the amount of adsorbent, initial concentration and time were evaluated during the batch experiments. Isotherm data best matched the Langmuir model and the pseudo-second-order model best described the adsorption kinetics. The maximum adsorption capacity was found to be 39.78 mg/g and 23.26 mg/g for estradiol and chrysoidine, respectively. The adsorbed estradiol and chrysoidin were completely eluted from the composite beads with the eluent of 0.1 M H2SO4/MeOH and the regenerated material was used in several cycles without deterioration in its initial performances. This study suggests that the developed composite beads have high potential for the efficient removal estradiol and chrysoidin from aqueous solution.

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