Title: Speciation of Hexavalent Chromium in Aqueous Solutions Using a Magnetic Silica-Coated Amino-Modified Glycidyl Methacrylate Polymer Nanocomposite
Authors: Suručić Ljiljana, Janjić Goran, Marković Bojana, Tadić Tamara, Vuković Zorica, Nastasović Aleksandra, Onjia Antonije
Working Group: WG2
Grant Period Goal (number): 1.3
Covered deliverables from the MoU (number): 1.4.2
Countries involved: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia
Number of female/young/ITC coauthors: 5/2/7
Abstract: A new magnetic amino-functionalized polymeric sorbent based on glycidyl methacrylate was synthesized and utilized in the chromium Cr(VI) oxyanions sorption from aqueous solutions in a static batch system. The kinetic and isothermal parameters of the sorption process were de-termined. The experimental data were best fitted by a pseudo-second-order model with R2 = 0.994 and χ2 = 0.004. The sorption process of Cr(VI) removal by amino-functionalized sorbent was con-trolled by both intraparticle diffusion and liquid film diffusion. The equilibrium results showed that the sorption process is best described by the Freundlich model followed closely by the Sips isotherm model, with a maximum sorption capacity of 64 mg/g. Quantum chemical modeling revealed that the sorption sites on the sorbent surface are fragments with diethylenetriamine and aminopropyl silane groups that coated the magnetic nanoparticles. The calculations showed that Cr(VI) oxyanions (Cr2O72−, CrO42−and HCrO4−) bind to both sorption sites, with diethylenetriamine centers slightly favored. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra demonstrate that the chromium bound to the sorbent in the form of Cr(III), indicating that the Cr(VI) can be converted on the surface of the sorbent to a less harmful form Cr(III) due to the sorbent’s chemical composition.