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Adsorption kinetics of methylene blue onto Fe-doped sulfated titania Ying Yang a,∗ , Congxue Tian a , Xiangpo Zhao b a b

College of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Panzhihua University, Panzhihua 617000, China PetroChina Southwest Oil and Gas Field Company, Chengdu 610051, China

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Article history: Received 6 August 2011 Received in revised form 2 September 2011 Accepted 4 September 2011 Available online 10 September 2011 Keywords: Adsorption Fe-doped sulfated titania Methylene blue Kinetics

a b s t r a c t Fe-doped sulfated titania (FST) photocatalysts with high photocatalytic activity were prepared from industrial titanyl sulfate solution and characterized using N2 adsorption–desorption technique. Adsorption kinetics and mechanism of methylene blue onto FST samples were studied at different temperatures (298, 303 and 308 K). The kinetic experimental data appropriately correlate with the pseudo-second order model. The overall rate of the adsorption process appears to be inﬂuenced by both boundary layer diffusion and intraparticle diffusion. The low adsorption activation energy (in the range of 15.59–19.31 kJ mol−1 ) suggests that the adsorption of methylene blue onto FST samples was conformed to the physisorption mechanism. With calcination temperature increases from 400 to 600 ◦ C, sulfur species gradually decomposes and desorbs from the surface of FST samples, which can enhance the afﬁnity between methylene blue and FST samples. Moreover, the speciﬁc surface decreases and the pore volume and pore diameter increase with rise in calcining temperature. All these have a signiﬁcant inﬂuence on the adsorption properties of FST samples. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

1. Introduction In recent years, semiconductor photocatalysis has attracted considerable scientiﬁc and practical interest because it’s promising applications in environmental pollution remediation such as the removal of inorganic or organic pollutants from air or wastewater. Among various semiconductor metal oxides, titania has proven to be the most potential photocatalyst due to its high photoreactivity, cost effectiveness, nontoxicity, chemical and biological inertness, long-term stability against photocorrosion [1–4]. Like other semiconductors, titania has some fatal drawbacks (the relatively large band gap, the rapid recombination rate of photogenerated electron–hole pairs, etc.) [5]. Thus, many modiﬁcation methods including metal or non-metal doping, surface sensitization, semiconductor coupling, precious metal deposition and increasing crystal defects have been developed in order to enhance the photocatalytic activity and efﬁciencies of titania photocatalysts especially under visible light in the past few decades [6–9]. However, little information about the absorption in photocatalysis has been reported especially in photodegradation of organic pollutants in wastewater, although absorption of organic pollutants onto the surface of photocatalysts is a critical step in photocatalysis [10]. In the previous work of our group, using low-cost industrial titanyl sulfate solution as raw material, which contains abundant

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iron and sulfate, Fe-doped sulfated titania (denoted as FST) photocatalysts were prepared by one-step thermal hydrolysis method, and the effects of the volume ratio of pre-adding water to TiOSO4 on the photocatalytic activity of FST photocatalysts have been studied [11,12]. In this work, it is aimed to investigate the adsorption kinetics of methylene blue onto FST photocatalysts at three different temperatures (298, 303 and 308 K). This study was also undertaken to evaluate kinetic parameters of the adsorption process at different temperatures above for each FST photocatalyst. In addition, the effects of the preparation condition (calcination temperature) of FST samples on its adsorption kinetics were carried out as well. 2. Experimental 2.1. FST samples preparation and characterization FST samples were prepared through one-step thermal hydrolysis method using industrial titanyl sulfate solution as materials. The more detailed procedure can be found in references [11,12]. In a typical synthesis, 150 ml TiOSO4 solution and 34.5 ml preadding water were preheated to 96 ± 1 ◦ C, respectively. The heated TiOSO4 solution was dropped into the pre-adding water under stirring and reﬂux at a feeding speed of 8.55 ml/min. After feeding off, the mixture solution was heated to boiling point (called the ﬁrst boiling point) at a heating rate of 0.82 ◦ C/min. Heating and stirring were stopped immediately when the mixture reached a gray color (called gray point) and then were turned on again after 30 min, then the mixture was heated to the boiling point again (called the

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-1.5

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(1)

where Ci represent the initial concentration of methylene blue (mg l−1 ). The Ct is the concentration of methylene blue in solution (mg l−1 ) at time t = t· V (L) and mass FST are the solution volume and the number of grams of FST sample used, respectively. Each experiment was performed individually at three different temperatures (298, 303 and 308 K) for each FST sample. But the same procedure was used for each as detailed above. 3. Results and discussion 3.1. Adsorption kinetics model The adsorption kinetics of methylene blue onto FST samples may be described by the pseudo-ﬁrst order model suggested by Lagergren [13]. The equation is as follows: (2)

Integrating Eq. (2) with the boundary conditions t = 0 to t = t and qt = 0 to qt = qt gives the linearized form: ln(qe − qt ) = ln qe − k1 t

-4.0 Linear fitting 2

Y=-1.6046-0.01505X; R =0.9942 2 Y=-1.8854-0.01615X; R =0.9935 2 Y=-2.1771-0.01779X; R =0.9933

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t (min)

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Fig. 1. Linear plots of the pseudo-ﬁrst order kinetic mode of methylene blue adsorption onto different FST samples at 298 K.

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-2 -3

ln(qe-qt)

The adsorption experiments were carried out in a 250 ml threeneck ﬂask containing 200 ml methylene blue solution (6 mg l−1 ) and 0.2 g FST sample and the three-neck ﬂask was placed in a thermostatic electric jacket with a magnetic stirrer. After ultrasonic dispersion for 3 min, the adsorption experiments were conducted in dark under stirring at a rate of 150 rpm to prevent bulk diffusion as a controlling step of adsorption kinetics. At deﬁned time points, 10 ml solution was taken out from the three-neck ﬂask and immediately centrifuged for 5 min at 4000 rpm to separate the supernate and the FST sample. And then small amounts of the supernatant were taken to be analyzed by recording the absorbance at a wavelength of maximum absorbance of methylene blue (666 nm) using a spectrometer. The concentration of methylene blue remaining in solution at time t = t (Ct , mg l−1 ) can be calculated according to the calibration curve of methylene blue (A = 0.0068 + 0.1514C) and the corresponding adsorption capacity (qt , mg/g) was obtained using the following equation:

dqt = k1 (qe − qt ) dt

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2.2. Adsorption of methylene blue on FST samples

(C − Ct ) · V qt = i mass FST

Experimental FST(400) FST(500) FST(600)

-2.0

ln(qe-qt)

second boiling point). Maintaining slight boiling 2.5 h after the second boiling point, the hydrolysis process is then ﬁnished. The slurry was promptly cooled to room temperature, then ﬁltered and washed. The as-prepared metatitanic acid was dried at 80 ◦ C for 24 h, then calcined at different temperatures (400, 500 and 600 ◦ C) for 1.5 h in static air, Fe-doped sulfated titania photocatalysts were then obtained, denoted as FST(t), and the value in parentheses indicates the calcining temperature, ◦ C. The FST samples were characterized using N2 adsorption– desorption technique and the photocatalytic efﬁciencies of FST samples were evaluated by the photooxidation of methylene blue in aqueous solution under UV irradiation. More details can be found in Refs. [11,12].

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Linear fitting 2

Y=-1.0912-0.01854X; R =0.9853 2 Y=-1.8854-0.01940X; R =0.9959 2 Y=-2.1771-0.02488X; R =0.9945

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t (min) Fig. 2. Linear plots of the pseudo-ﬁrst order kinetic mode of methylene blue adsorption onto different FST samples at 303 K.

the plot. Figs. 1–3 show the plots ln(qe − qt ) versus t for adsorption of methylene blue onto different FST samples (FST(400), FST(500) and FST(600)) at different temperatures (298, 303 and 308 K), respectively. The rate constants, k1 for different FST samples were obtained from Figs. 1–3 at different temperatures and presented in Table 1 along with the corresponding correlation coefﬁcients, R12 . Another model for the analysis of sorption kinetics is the pseudo-second order model put forward by Ho et al. [14]. The rate law for this system is expressed as dqt = k2 (qe − qt )2 dt

(4)

(3)

where qt and qe are the adsorption capacity (mg/g) of methylene blue onto FST samples at time and at equilibrium, respectively. k1 is the rate constant (min−1 ) of pseudo-ﬁrst order sorption model. Although this mode is the simplest one, it was extensively used to describe the kinetics of sorption of solutes from a liquid solution. If the adsorption kinetics follows a pseudo-ﬁrst order model, the plot of ln(qe − qt ) versus t should be linear. At the same time, the rate constant, k1 and the coefﬁcient, R12 can be calculated from

Table 1 Pseudo-ﬁrst order kinetic model rate constants for adsorption of methylene blue onto different FST samples at different temperatures. Samples

298 K

303 K −1

k1 (min FST(400) FST(500) FST(600)

0.01505 0.01854 0.02272

)

308 K −1

R12

k1 (min

0.9942 0.9935 0.9933

0.01615 0.01940 0.02451

)

R12

k1 (min−1 )

R12

0.9853 0.9959 0.9945

0.01779 0.02488 0.03189

0.9938 0.9936 0.9956

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-1

Experimental FST(400) FST(500) FST(600)

2

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-3

ln(qe-qt)

Y=268.64+4.5001X; R =0.9979 2 Y=242.92+4.2611X; R =0.9997 2 Y=278.17+5.8824X; R =0.9979

1200

t/qt (min.g.mg )

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Linear fitting

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600

Experimental FST(400) FST(500) FST(600)

Linear fitting

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2

Y=-0.8105-0.02272X; R =0.9938 2 Y=-1.3023-0.02451X; R =0.9936 2 Y=-1.7974-0.03189X; R =0.9956

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t (min) Fig. 3. Linear plots of the pseudo-ﬁrst order kinetic mode of methylene blue adsorption onto different FST samples at 308 K.

Integrating Eq. (4), for the boundary conditions t = 0 to t = t and qt = 0 to qt = qt gives the following equation: 1 1 = + k2 t qe qe − qt

(5)

Eq. (5) can be rearranged to obtain a linear form, t 1 1 = + t qt qe k2 q2e

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where k2 is the rate constant (g mg−1 min−1 ) of pseudo-second order sorption model. The meanings of the other parameters as mentioned above. A plot of t/qt against t gives a straight line with the slope of 1/qe and the intercept of 1/(k2 q2e ). So the sorption rate constant, k2 can be calculated from the slope and intercept. Figs. 4–6 show the plots of t/qt against t for adsorption of methylene blue onto different FST samples (FST(400), FST(500) and FST(600)) at different temperatures (298, 303 and 308 K), respectively. The rate constants, k2 for different FST samples were obtained from Figs. 4–6 at different temperatures and presented in Table 2 along with the corresponding correlation coefﬁcients, R22 . Based on the correlation coefﬁcients for k1 and k2 as presented in Tables 1 and 2, respectively, the adsorption of methylene blue onto

100

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t (min)

200

Fig. 5. Linear plots of the pseudo-second order kinetic mode of methylene blue adsorption onto different FST samples at 303 K.

FST samples is best described by the pseudo-second order model. This is quite consistent with the theoretical analysis results, i.e., the sorption of solute from the solution obeys pseudo-ﬁrst order kinetics model at high initial concentration of solute, while it obeys pseudo-second order kinetics model at low initial concentration of solute [15]. The pseudo-second order rate constant for the adsorption of methylene onto FST samples could be expressed as a function of temperature by the Arrhenius type relationship, as shown in the following equation: ln k2 = ln A −

Ea RT

(7)

where A is the frequency factor (g mg−1 min−1 ), Ea is the Arrhenius activation energy of adsorption (J/mol), representing the minimum energy that reactants must have for the reaction to proceed, R is the universal gas constant (8.314 J mol−1 K−1 ), and T is the absolute temperature of solution (K). As shown in Fig. 7, the slopes of the linear plots of ln k2 versus 1/T for the adsorption of methylene blue onto different FST samples were constructed to calculate the adsorption activation energy, which are 17.31, 15.59 and 19.31 kJ mol−1 for FST(400), FST(500) and FST(600), respectively. Low activation energies (5–40 kJ mol−1 ) 1200

1800

2

2

Y=427.62+5.3884X; R =0.9981 2 Y=315.04+4.6197X; R =0.9980 2 Y=436.97+6.9428X; R =0.9979

1600 1400

-1

t/qt (min.g.mg )

1200 1000 800

Experimental FST(400) FST(500) FST(600)

600 400 0

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Y=157.00+3.6573X; R =0.9979 2 Y=113.04+3.0693X; R =0.9979 2 Y=171.73+4.9485X; R =0.9982

1000

-1

t/qt (min.g.mg )

Linear fitting

Linear fitting

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400

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200

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t (min) Fig. 4. Linear plots of the pseudo-second order kinetic mode of methylene blue adsorption onto different FST samples at 298 K.

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t (min) Fig. 6. Linear plots of the pseudo-second order kinetic mode of methylene blue adsorption onto different FST samples at 308 K.

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Table 2 Pseudo-second order kinetic model rate constants for adsorption of methylene blue onto different FST samples at different temperatures. Samples

298 K

FST(400) FST(500) FST(600)

303 K

308 K

k2 (g mg−1 min−1 )

R22

k2 (g mg−1 min−1 )

R22

k2 (g mg−1 min−1 )

R22

0.06790 0.06774 0.11031

0.9981 0.9980 0.9979

0.07538 0.07474 0.12439

0.9979 0.9997 0.9979

0.08520 0.08334 0.14259

0.9979 0.9979 0.9982

7

are characteristic of physical adsorption, while higher activation energies (40–800 kJ mol−1 ) suggest chemical adsorption [16]. Thus the adsorption of methylene blue onto FST samples may be conformed to physisorption mechanisms.

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3.2. Adsorption mechanism

Rt = − ln(1 − F)

For intraparticle or pore diffusion :

(8) Bt = − ln(1 − F) − 0.4977 (9)

where F = qt /qe ; qt and qe are the adsorption capacity (mg/g) of methylene blue onto FST samples at time and at equilibrium, respectively. R is the rate constant for ﬁlm diffusion; B = 2 Di/r2 (Di is the inter diffusion coefﬁcient and r is the particle radius). Plots of −ln(1 − F) and Bt versus time, t, according to Eqs. (8) and (9) for FST samples at 308 K, are shown in Figs. 8 and 9, respectively, which are similar to the results at 298 and 303 K (not shown here). Straight lines were obtained when −ln(1 − F) was plotted against

4

-ln(1-F)

The adsorption of methylene blue onto FST samples from aqueous solution may involve the following steps: (i) migration of methylene blue from the bulk solution to the external surface of FST samples (bulk diffusion), (ii) ﬁlm diffusion of methylene blue through a hypothetical boundary layer to the external surface of FST samples (ﬁlm diffusion or boundary layer diffusion or external diffusion), (iii) adsorption of methylene blue at an active site on the surface of FST samples (adsorption), and (iv) the diffusion of methylene blue within the pore volume of FST samples and/or along the pore wall surface (pore diffusion or intraparticle diffusion or internal diffusion). The rates of bulk diffusion and adsorption are generally considered to be very fast and they cannot be the rate determining step. Therefore, ﬁlm and intraparticle diffusion may be the rate controlling steps in the adsorption of methylene blue onto FST samples. Following equations were used to ascertain the rate controlling step [17]. For ﬁlm diffusion :

FST(400); Y=0.49767+0.0224X FST(500); Y=0.49708+0.0245X FST(600); Y=0.49479+0.0319X

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t (min) Fig. 8. Plots of −ln(1 − F) versus t for the adsorption of methylene blue onto different FST samples at 308 K.

time, t (Fig. 8) which did not pass through the origins. This indicates that ﬁlm diffusion is not limiting step of the overall adsorption process kinetics. Fig. 9 indicates that straight lines were obtained on plotting Bt versus time, t which nearly passes through the origins. This shows that intraparticle diffusion may be the rate controlling step [18]. Adsorption kinetic data was further processed to conﬁrm whether intraparticle diffusion is the rate limiting and to ﬁnd out the rate parameter for intraparticle diffusion. For such purpose Morris–Weber equation [19]: qt = kid (t)1/2 + I

(10)

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Experimental FST(400) FST(500) FST(600)

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lnk2

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FST(400); Y=-2.77E-5+0.0224X FST(500); Y=-6.23E-4+0.0245X FST(600); Y= 3.19E-3+0.0319X

2

Y=4.2929-2081.88X; R =0.9985 2 Y=3.8554-1875.55X; R =0.9966 2 Y=5.5929-2322.42X; R =0.9960

0.00326

0.00328

0.00330

0.00332

0.00334

0.00336

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T (K ) Fig. 7. Arrhenius plots of the pseudo-second order kinetic mode for the adsorption of methylene blue onto different FST samples.

0 0

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t (min) Fig. 9. Plots of Bt versus t for the adsorption of methylene blue onto different FST samples at 308 K.

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Table 3 Calculated parameters for adsorption of methylene blue onto different FST samples at different temperatures. Samples

298 K

FST(400) FST(500) FST(600)

303 K

308 K

kid1

kid2

I1

I2

kid1

kid2

I1

I2

kid1

kid2

I1

I2

0.0134 0.0156 0.0113

0.0070 0.0065 0.0049

0.0239 0.0211 0.0170

0.0351 0.0608 0.0410

0.0177 0.0183 0.0149

0.0073 0.0079 0.0040

0.0254 0.0275 0.0101

0.0683 0.0665 0.0869

0.0234 0.0285 0.0179

0.0072 0.0075 0.0029

0.0220 0.0189 0.0074

0.1229 0.1674 0.1393

0.22

FST(400)

0.20 0.18

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qt (mg.g )

0.16 0.14 0.12 0.10 0.08

298 K 303 K 308 K

0.06 0.04 4

6

8

10

t

1/2

12

14

1/2

(min )

Fig. 10. Morris–Weber plots of methylene blue onto FST(400) sample at different temperatures.

was applied to the kinetic data. The parameter kid is the rate constant for intraparticle diffusion (mg g−1 min−1/2 ). Values of I (mg g−1 ) give an idea about the thickness of the boundary layer, i.e., the larger the intercept, the greater is the boundary layer effect [20]. Plots of qt against (t)0.5 are shown in Figs. 10–12 for FST(400), FST(500) and FST(600), respectively. Figs. 10–12 indicate that two distinct regions were observed for all FST samples. The initial linear portion was ascribed to the boundary layer diffusion effects and the second linear portion was due to the intraparticle diffusion [17]. The values of kid1 , kid2 and I1 , I2 for methylene blue adsorption onto different FST samples at different temperatures are listed in Table 3, which obtained from the slopes and intercepts of the two portion straight lines, respectively. It was also observed that all lines do not pass through the origin, indicating that there is a boundary layer

resistance and the magnitude of the intercepts are proportional to the extent of the boundary layer thickness. Similar observations of double nature plots were also reported previously by other workers on various adsorbate–adsorbent systems studied [20–22]. The change in the intercepts of the plots suggests that the mechanism of the adsorption of methylene blue onto FST samples is predominantly diffusion, and the intraparticle diffusion played a signiﬁcant role in rate determining, but it was not the sole rate-controlling step through out the adsorption process. Namely, both intraparticle and boundary layer diffusion seem signiﬁcant in the rate determining step. Initially, the methylene blue was adsorbed by the exterior surface of FST samples at the beginning, so the adsorption rate was very fast. Upon the saturation of the exterior surface due to the adsorption, the methylene blue entered into the particle of FST samples through pores and was adsorbed by the interior surface of the particle. As a result of diffusion resistance, the intraparticle diffusion rate become slow and is therefore the rate determining step. 3.3. Effect of calcination temperature on kinetics Fig. 13 shows the effect of calcination temperature on adsorption activation energy, Ea, and adsorption rate constant, k2 of pseudo-second order kinetic model. This ﬁgure indicates that all adsorption rate constant (k2 ) at different system temperatures have the similar variation trend with increasing the calcination temperature. With the calcination temperature increases from 400 to 500 ◦ C, all adsorption rate constant (k2 ) at different system temperatures decreases slightly, which may be due to the decrease in speciﬁc surface (158.3 m2 g−1 for FST(400) and 120.7 m2 g−1 for FST(500)). However, with the calcination temperature further increases to 600 ◦ C, all adsorption rate constant (k2 ) at different system temperatures increase distinctly. This is probably a consequence of the rise in pore volume and pore diameter (0.4076 ml g−1 and 12.21 nm for FST(500) and 0.5793 ml g−1 and 33.84 nm for FST(600)), which can lower the resistance of intra-particle 0.20

0.24

FST(600)

FST(500) 0.16

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qt (mg.g )

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qt (mg.g )

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0.12

298 K 303 K 308 K

0.08

0.04 4

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10

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1/2

12

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0.08

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0.04

14

1/2

(min )

Fig. 11. Morris–Weber plots of methylene blue onto FST(500) sample at different temperatures.

4

6

8

10

t

1/2

12

14

1/2

(min )

Fig. 12. Morris–Weber plots of methylene blue onto FST(600) sample at different temperatures.

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Ea (kJ.mol ) -1 -1 k2 (at 298 K, g.mg .min ) -1 -1 k2 (at 303 K, g.mg .min ) -1 -1 k2 (at 308 K, g.mg .min )

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Calcination temperature (ºC) Fig. 13. Effect of calcination temperature on Ea and k2 of pseudo-second order kinetic model.

diffusion. At the same time, with the calcination temperature increases from 400 to 600 ◦ C, the adsorption activation energy (Ea) also decreases ﬁrst, and then increases obviously. This is in good agreement with the photocatalytic efﬁciencies (94.32, 98.08 and 90.92% for FST(400), FST(5400) and FST(600), respectively), i.e., the larger the adsorption activation energy, the lower is the photocatalytic efﬁciencies. One possible reason responsible for this is that the sulfur species gradually decomposes and desorbs from the surface of FST samples with the calcining temperature increases, which can enhance the afﬁnity between methylene blue and FST samples [23]. 4. Conclusions Adsorption kinetics and mechanism of methylene blue onto FST samples were studied at different temperatures (298, 303 and 308 K). The kinetics experimental data appropriately correlate with the pseudo-second order model. The overall rate process appears to be inﬂuenced by both boundary layer diffusion and intraparticle diffusion. The adsorption activation energy calculated from Arrhenius equation was 17.31, 15.59 and 19.31 kJ mol−1 for FST(400), FST(500) and FST(600), respectively, suggesting that the adsorption of methylene blue onto FST samples follows the physisorption mechanism. With calcination temperature increases from 400 to 600 ◦ C, sulfur species gradually decomposes and desorbs from the surface of FST samples, which can enhance the afﬁnity between methylene blue and FST samples. Moreover, the speciﬁc surface decreases and the pore volume and pore diameter increases with rise in calcining temperature. All these have a signiﬁcant inﬂuence on the adsorption properties of FST samples. Acknowledgements This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (50804025), the Applied and Basic Research Program of Sichuan Province, China (2008JY0140), the Youths Foundation of Sichuan Province, China (09ZQ026067), the Talents Innovation Project of Panzhihua City, China (2009TX-5(1)) and the Promoting Industrialization Program of Panzhihua City, China (2011CY-G-23).

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