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A novel mesoporous Si-Al material, Al-MCM-41 was synthesized through alkali
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Preparation of mesoporous Al-MCM-41 from natural palygorskite and its adsorption performance for hazardous aniline dye-basic fuchsin
Yuan Guana,b Shaomang Wangb,c* Xin Wanga* Cheng Sunc Yongbo Wangb Lingjie Hub
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a Key Laboratory for Soft Chemistry and Functional Materials of Ministry Education, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China.
b School of Environment and Safety Engineering, School of Huai De, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164, PR China.
c State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, PR China.
Corresponding authors: Tel: +86 25 84305667
E-mail addresses: [email protected]
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Abstract A promising mesoporous Si-Al material, Al-MCM-41 was successfully prepared by
alkali calcination leaching of natural palygorskite, and sequent hydrothermal synthesis coupled
with calcination. The morphology, structure, surface area and pore-size distribution of the material
were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, small-angle X-ray diffraction and N2
adsorption–desorption isotherms. The Al-MCM-41 possessed better crystallinity and larger
specific surface area with CTAB/SiO2 mass ratio of 0.1:1, pH of 5, crystallization temperature of
110 °C, crystallization time of 12 h and calcination of 550 °C for 5 h. The Al-MCM-41 was used
as an adsorbent for the removal of hazardous aniline dye-basic fuchsin from water. Adsorption
kinetics and isotherms analysis indicated that adsorption of basic fuchsin onto Al-MCM-41
followed pseudo-first-order model and Langmuir adsorption isotherm. In addition, intra-particle
diffusion was rate determining step of the adsorption process. The results demonstrated that the
as-synthesized Al-MCM-41 had potential applications in the treatment of waste water.
Keywords: Mesoporous Al-MCM-41; Natural palygorskite; Basic fuchsin; Adsorption kinetics;
Adsorption isotherm; Desorption
Mesoporous materials have attracted considerable interest since the discovery of M41S family
at Mobile Research & Development Corporation in 1992 . MCM-41, the most extensively
studied member of M41S family, gains special attention because of its large specific surface area, 1
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During the past two decades, MCM-41 has been used in a wide range of applications such as
adsorption [2-4], catalysis [5-7], separation [8-10] and energy [11, 12]. However, the applications
of MCM-41 are limited due to its low acidity, basicity and redox properties . Research has
shown that these problems can be solved by introducing heteroatoms into the MCM-41 framework.
It is reported that the incorporation of Al into the MCM-41 framework can lead to the formation of
Brönsted acid sites, and the resulting Al-MCM-41material exhibits good adsorption affinity .
In general, Al-MCM-41 molecular sieve can be prepared by hydrothermal transformation of
basic silica aluminum gels in the presence of quaternary ammonium surfactants with different
alkyl chain lengths. However, the source of silica for the traditional synthesis is mainly from
costly organic silica precursors such as silicon alkoxides or costly efficient substances, for
example, sodium silicate [15-17]. These silicate precursors not only increase the cost of
production but also result in environmental pollution. Thus, it is urgent to seek cheaper raw
materials for the fabrication of mesoporous Si-Al materials. Some materials such as coal fly ash
, iron ore tailing , sepiolite  and bentonite , etc. have been reported to synthesize
mesoporous Si-Al materials through mechanical chemistry and hydro-leaching processes.
Palygorskite (Pal), a species of hydrated magnesium aluminum silicate nonmetallic mineral
((H2O)4(Mg, Al, Fe)5(OH)2Si8O20•4H2O) with a lath or fibrous morphology, is a porous crystalline
structure containing tetrahedral layers alloyed together along longitudinal sideline chains .
Owning to high content of useful silica and aluminum , natural Pal clay can be used to
fabricate ordered mesoporous Si-Al materials.
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Herein, we synthesize a mesoporous Si-Al material, Al-MCM-41 through alkali calcination
leaching coupled with hydrothermal synthesis and calcination using Pal. The effects of preparation
parameters on the formation of the material with ordered structure are systematically investigated.
A hazardous aniline dye, basic fuchsin (BF) is chosen as the model adsorbate to evaluate
adsorption performance of Al-MCM-41. The influences of various operational parameters
including contact time, adsorbent quality, initial adsorbate concentration and temperature on the
adsorption process are discussed by batch adsorption experiments. The adsorption kinetics and
equilibrium investigations are also carried out.
2. Experimental section 2
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2.1 Materials Pal (effective substance > 99 wt %) with an average diameter of 74 µm was provided by Jiangsu
Pal Co. Ltd (china). Hydrochloric acid (HCl, 37%), ammonium acetate (CH3COONH4), sodium
hydroxide (NaOH), cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), polyethylene glycol 4000 (PEG)
and basic fuchsin (BF) were purchased from sinopharm chemical reagent Co. Ltd (china). All the
reagents were analytical grade chemicals.
20 g of Pal was treated by 80 mL of HCl (6 mol L-1) for 3 h at 60 with deionized water to pH value of 7, and then dried at 80
achieved and stored in a desiccator for further use.
. It was filtered, washed
for 12 h. HCl-acidified Pal was
10 g of acidified Pal and 15 g of NaOH were ball-milled together and calcined in air at 600
for 5 h. The calcined mixture was added into 100 mL of deionized water and stirred vigorously for
12 h to obtain the suspension. Then the extracted solution containing silica aluminum source was
separated from the suspension by a filtration process.
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An equal amount of CTAB and PEG was dissolved into 30 mL of deionized water. The
extracted solution was slowly added to the homogeneous solution with magnetic stirring. After
stirring for 1 h, 6 mol L-1 of HCl was added to adjust pH value of the dispersion and continuously
stirred for 2 h. The resultant slurry was transferred to a Teflon-lined stainless steel autoclave (100
mL ) and aged at 110
structure and properties of materials, various conditions including mass ratio of CTAB to SiO2 (R
= 0.05–0.5), pH value (pH = 3–9), crystallization temperature (T = 60–210
time (t = 6–48 h) were chosen.
for 12 h. To study the influences of different synthesis conditions on the
) and crystallization
After crystallization, the resulting gel was filtered, washed repeatedly with deionized water and
dried at 80
. Finally, the as-synthesized sample was calcined in air at 550
for 5 h to remove
The crystalline phase structure of as-prepared mesoporous materials was determined by a ARL
X'TRA X-ray diffractometer using Cu Kα radiation (λ = 0.154 nm) in the 2theta range of 1-10°.
The XRD tests were performed using a 1.0° divergence slit, a 1.0° scatter slit and a 0.15 mm
receiving slit. The data were recorded with a step size of 0.02° and scan speed of 1°/min in a 3
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proportional detector. The BET surface area was evaluated by N2 adsorption in a constant volume
adsorption apparatus (Beekman Coulter SA 3100). The samples had been degassed at 200
2 h prior to measurement. Scanning electron micrographs (SEM) were recorded on a Zeiss
Supra55VP SEM microscope at 5 keV. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis was
performed on a JEM-2100 microscope, operating at 200 kV.
The functional groups on the surface were investigated on a Nicolet Nexus-870 FTIR
spectrometer. The FTIR spectra were obtained in the range of 500–4000 cm−1 at 2 cm−1 resolution
with 64 scans. The surface electronic state was identified through X-ray photo-electron
spectroscopy (XPS) performed on a PHI 5000 Versa Probe electron spectrometer using Al Kα
radiation. The scans with 10 sweeps were obtained with a pass energy of 100 eV and a step size of
1 eV. For the high resolution scans, 20 sweeps were used with a pass energy of 20 eV and a step
size of 0.1 eV.
2.4 Batch adsorption
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To evaluate the adsorption properties of as-synthesized mesoporous samples, batch adsorption
experiments were conducted. Typically, the adsorbent (0.05 g) was added into 50 mL of BF
solution (90 mg L-1), and then the mixture was shaken in an orbital shaker (150 rpm) at 25
4 h. At given time intervals, 3.0 mL of solution was taken out and the mixture was centrifuged at
9000 rpm for 10 min. The BF concentration in the supernatants was determined via 722N
spectrophotometer at a maximum wavelength of 543 nm. The equilibrium adsorption was
quantified according to the equation (1).
C − C V 1 m
In which, qe is the adsorption amount of BF at equilibrium (mg g-1), C0 and Ce are the initial and
equilibrium concentrations of BF (mg L-1), m is the mass of adsorbent (g), and V is the volume of
In order to determine the adsorption kinetic and thermodynamic characteristics, a set of
experiments were carried out at three different temperatures (25, 35 and 45
initial BF concentration, and at 25
) with 60 mg L-1 of
with three initial BF concentrations (60, 90 and 120 mg
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The desorption experiments were conducted in 250 mL flasks containing 200 mL of
CH3COONH4 solution (NH4Ac) and 0.05 g of Al-MCM-41 powders after adsorption. Each sample
was carried out three times to ensure desorption thoroughly. The desorption rate Rd is calculated
by the following equation (2):
× 100% 2
= 3. Results and discussion
3.1 The influences of different parameters on formation of mesoporous adsorbent
3.1.1 Influence of CTAB /SiO2 mass ratios
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XRD patterns of Al-MCM-41 obtained at different CTAB/SiO2 mass ratios are recorded in °
Fig. 1a. All the samples showed characteristic reflections of (1 0 0) crystal plane at 2θ = 2.43 ,
which can be indexed to a two-dimensional hexagonal lattice . With increasing mass ratio of
CTAB/SiO2, the crystallinity of Al-MCM-41 was enhanced. When the mass ratio was 0.1, three
small signals at 4.03 , 4.52 and 5.81 corresponding to (1 1 0), (2 0 0) and (2 1 0) crystal planes
were observed. It confirms that the Al-MCM-41 with highly ordered mesoporous was successfully
Nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherms and the corresponding pore size distribution of
Al-MCM-41 (CTAB/SiO2 = 0.1) are presented in Fig. 2. The sample displayed a typical IV-type
isotherm (Fig. 2a), indicating the presence of mesopores (2–50 nm). Adsorption amount increased
at a relative low pressure (P/P0 < 0.4) in the isotherm, which is due to monolayer adsorption of
nitrogen towards the walls of the mesopores. The sharp inflection between the relative pressure of
0.4–0.5 corresponds to the uniformity of pore size distribution, further confirmed by the pore size
distribution curve (Fig. 2b). The gradual increase at the pressure range of 0.3–1.0 is attributed to
multilayer adsorption on the outer surface of the particles. The SBET, pore volumes and pore sizes
of all the samples are listed in Table 1. When the mass ratio of CTAB/SiO2 was above 0.1, the
SBET of samples located in the range of 946–985 m2 g-1.
3.1.2 Influence of gelation pH
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intensity of characteristic reflection increased gradually with the increase of pH value. However,
when pH = 9, the reflection intensity of (1 0 0) crystal plane was weaker. The reason may be that
the polycondensation of the silicate species is lower at higher pH value, which is in agreement
with the previous literature . In this condition, it is hard to obtain Al-MCM-41. Also, when the
value of pH was 5 or 7, the reflection of (2 0 0) crystal plane was also observed. The effect of
gelation pH on the textural properties is summarized in Table 1. Generally, at lower pH value (pH
= 3 and 5), the samples with larger specific surface area and pore volumes were obtained.
3.1.3 Influence of crystallization temperature
The effect of crystallization temperature on the structure of Al-MCM-41 is shown in Fig. 1c.
When the temperature was 60
the sample. High crystallization temperature was more conducive to the formation of well-ordered
structure of Al-MCM-41. For example, the XRD pattern of Al-MCM-41 obtained at t = 110
exhibited stronger reflections of (1 0 0), (1 1 0) and (2 0 0) planes. This is because that high
temperature accelerates the condensation rate of silicate species on the silica wall, resulting in
pores shrinkage and reducing the specific surface area of the sample . The results can be
further confirmed by the SBET values listed in Table 1. Lower or higher crystallization temperature
(60 or 210
may be described that the optimal crystallization temperature slows down the condensation rate of
silicate species on the silica wall, increasing the SBET of the sample .
3.1.4 Influence of crystallization time
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, there was no characteristic reflection of (1 0 0) crystal plane in
) led to the smaller specific surface area of samples. The SBET of 995 m2 g-1 at 110
Fig. 1d illustrates XRD patterns of Al-MCM-41 achieved at different crystallization time. The
results show that the reflection intensity of (1 0 0) plane was strengthened gradually with
increasing crystallization time. During the crystallization of 24 h, the intensity of (2 0 0) crystal
plane increased more rapidly. As time increases, silicate units may interact with the additional
surfactant molecules and come into being new surfactant/silica aggregates, forming better ordered
crystallites . However, the longer time (> 24 h) increases pore wall thickness, which can
prevent greater shrinkage of the mesoporous structure during calcination, resulting in less ordered
pore structure . The effect of crystallization time on the pore structure of Al-MCM-41 is
remarkable (Table 1). There are maximum values in the specific surface area and pore volume at 6
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crystallization time of 12 h. The results imply that suitable crystallization time is beneficial for
increasing crystallinity of Al-MCM-41.
3.2 Characterization of mesoporous adsorbent
3.2.1 SEM and TEM analysis Fig. 3.
SEM images of natural Pal, acidified Pal, Al-MCM-41, and TEM images of Al-MCM-41are
shown in Fig. 3. It is seen that many rods or fibers of about 0.5–5 µm in length stacked up into
bulk bundles and aggregations of natural Pal clay (Fig. 3a). After acidification, the
above-mentioned bundles of fibrous structures disappeared and numerous rods or fibers with
shorter length were uniformly dispersed resulting in pores or voids with different sizes (Fig. 3b)
. The Al-MCM-41 from Pal clay consisted of evenly distributed lamellar or spherical particles
with cross-linked network, indicating that the rearrangement of Pal occurred after hydrothermal
treatment and calcination (Fig. 3c and d). TEM images of the Al-MCM-41 are presented in Fig. 3e
and f. The regular and ordered straight-channels characteristics of MCM-41 can be observed in
TEM images. This is consistent with the low-angle XRD results presented before.
3.2.2 XPS analysis
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The surface chemical composition and valence state of acidified Pal and Al-MCM-41 were
analyzed by XPS. The C 1s peak at 284.8 eV originates from adventitious hydrocarbon in the XPS
instrument . The acidified Pal was composed of Al, Si, O and Mg elements, and the
Al-MCM-41 consisted of Al, Si and O elements (Fig. 4a). The results manifest that the obtained
Al-MCM-41 retains the original components of Pal. For acidified Pal, the characteristic peaks of
Al 2p, Si 2p and O 1s located at 74.44 eV, 103.02 eV and 532.64 eV, respectively (Fig. 4b, c and
d). Compared to acidified Pal, the above-mentioned characteristic peaks in Al-MCM-41 had a
shift to high energy due to the stronger interaction among Al 2p, Si 2p and O 1s.
3.2.3 FTIR analysis
Fig. 5. Before BF adsorption, FTIR spectra of Al-MCM-41 is displayed in Fig. 5a.
bands at 1092 and 778 cm−1 correspond to TO4 (T = Si) tetrahedral symmetric and asymmetric
stretch vibrations, respectively. The absorption band at 468 cm−1 is attributed to the bending 7
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aluminosilicate skeleton. The bands between 1100 and 400 cm−1 are typical bands of mesoporous
material. The absorption band around 1635 cm−1 is caused by deformational vibrations of
adsorbed water molecules, and the broad band around 3445 cm−1 corresponds to the surface
structural hydroxyl groups and adsorbed water, illustrating the hydrophilic characteristic of the
material. For the sample after BF adsorption (Fig. 5b), FTIR spectra possessed the same shape as
Al-MCM-41, except for the bands at 2918 and 2850 cm−1, which are caused by the stretching and
bending vibration of C–H from BF. The results show that the BF was adsorbed onto Al-MCM-41.
3.3.1 Adsorption isotherms
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The adsorption isotherm is effective approach to evaluate adsorption capacity of adsorbent, and
understand the interaction between adsorbate and adsorbent. The Langmuir and Freundlich
adsorption models are useful tools to express adsorption phenomenon of adsorbent. The Langmuir
equation is given as follows:
1 1 C = + C 3 q qb q 226
The Freundlich equation can be written as follows:
lnq = lnK $ +nlnC 4 Where Ce (mg L-1) and qm (mg g-1) are the concentration of equilibrium adsorption in the solution
and the maximum adsorption of adsorbent, respectively. The adsorption constant, b (L mg-1)
describes the intensity of adsorption process. KF (mg1-n Ln g-1) represents the adsorption capacity
of adsorbent. In addition, n, which has a range between 0 and 1, reflects the adsorption intensity.
The theoretical parameters (qm, b, KF and n) of adsorption isotherms along with correlation
coefficients (R2) are summarized in Table 2. In terms of R2 values, the experimental data can be
well fitted to the Langmuir model rather than the Freundlich model, suggesting the surface
homogeneity of adsorbent. Besides, the maximum adsorption capacities calculated using the
Langmuir model at 25, 35 and 45
adsorption capacities of adsorbent decreased with increasing temperature. It is obvious that the
were 23.81, 17.24 and 12.21 mg g-1, respectively. Maximum
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calculated values of qm obtained from Langmuir plots (Fig. 6a) are consistent with the
experimental results, indicating that the adsorption process was monolayer.
3.3.2 Thermodynamic study
Table 3 Thermodynamic considerations can give very valuable insight into nature of the adsorption
process such as its spontaneity, randomness, endothermicity or exothermicity, etc. The free energy
change (∆G0), enthalpy change (∆H0) and entropy change (∆S0) for the adsorption process are
calculated by the following equations :
ΔG = −RTlnK 5 −ΔH ΔS lnK = + 6 RT R
where R is the universal gas constant (8.314 J mol-1 K-1) , T is an absolute temperature (K) and
K is the equilibrium constant at temperature T. According to the reported adsorption
thermodynamics studies, the values ofΔG0 is estimated in Table 3. The values ofΔH0 andΔS0
can be calculated from the slope and the intercept of the plot of lnK versus 1/T, respectively. The
values of these parameters are also summarized in Table 3.
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After BF adsorption onto Al-MCM-41 reached equilibrium, negative values of ∆G0 confirm the
spontaneity of the adsorption process. The increase in values of ∆G0 with an increase in
temperature shows the adsorption process is more favorable at lower temperatures. The negative
value of ∆H0 suggests that the process is exothermic. The negative value of ∆S◦ reveals the
decreased randomness at the solid-solution interface during the fixation of the dye on the active
sites of the adsorbent .
3.3.3 Adsorption kinetics
Fig. 7. Table 4
The kinetic curves (Fig. 7) show that the influences of initial concentration and temperature on
adsorption kinetics for BF. It can be seen that the adsorption of BF was quite rapid initially (< 30
min), but it became slower with prolonging time and reached plateaus at 90 min. The greater BF
concentration increased adsorption rate as well as equilibrium concentration. Besides, the
adsorption capacities of adsorbent decreased with gradually increasing temperature. This confirms 9
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the exothermic nature of the process and may be due to the tendency of dye molecules to escape
from the solid phase to bulk phase with increasing temperature of the solution.
In order to elucidate the adsorption kinetic process, the pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetics models are employed. The pseudo-first-order is given :
lnq − q . = lnq − K/ t 7 268
Where t is the contact time (min) and qt (mg g-1) is the adsorption amount of aniline at time t. The
capacity of equilibrium adsorption (qe) and the pseudo-first-order rate constant (K1) were obtained
from the intercept and slope of the plot of ln (qe − qt) against t (Fig. 6 b).
The pseudo-second-order kinetic model in its integrated and linearized form has been used :
t 1 t = + 8 2 q. K2q q
Where, K2 (g mg-1 min-1) is the rate constant of pseudo-second-order adsorption. The values of qe
and K2 were calculated by the slope and intercept of the plot of t/qt versus t.
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Table 4 lists the results of rate constant studies at different temperatures by the
pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order models. The values of correlation coefficient R2 using
the pseudo-first-order adsorption model for the adsorbent were relatively high (> 0.99), and the
adsorption capacities calculated by the model were also close to those determined by experiments.
The values of R2 through the pseudo-second-order model were not satisfactory. Thus, it is
concluded that the pseudo-first-order adsorption model is more suitable to describe the adsorption
kinetics of BF over Al-MCM-41.
3.4 Mechanisms of the adsorption process
The intra-particle diffusion model is also employed to investigate the adsorption process. The intra-particle diffusion model is described as follows:
q . = K 4 t .6 + C 9
Where qt is the adsorption amount at time t (mg g-1), ki is the diffusion rate constant (mg g-1 min-0.5)
and C is the intercept for any experiment. The results in Fig. 8 indicate that intra-particle diffusion
model can represent the data well.
The analysis shows that, prior to adsorption equilibrium, there are three distinct diffusion
pathways controlling the adsorption kinetics at different time, a fast diffusion for the initial 10
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adsorption followed by two relatively slow diffusion processes. Considering the large BET areas
and mesoporous structure of Al-MCM-41, BF molecule diffusion on the outer surface of the
particles possibly represents the fast process, while that inside the pores results in the slow
diffusion. As far as well-known, for adsorption onto the solid surface, six mechanisms may be supposed
to exist, such as electrostatic interaction, ion exchange, ion–dipole interactions, coordination of
surface metal cations, hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interaction. The electrostatic interaction
existed between the BF cations and Si−O− from the dissociating of the Si−OH on the surface of
Al-MCM-41. In addition, the coordination of surface metal cations also promotes adsorption,
because the Brönsted acid sites have been drawn into the structure of Al-MCM-41 through the
introduction of aluminum. Thence, the BF adsorption mechanisms can be summarized to the
electrostatic interaction and heteroatoms bond mechanisms .
3.5 Desorption studies
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With different concentrations of NH4Ac solution, the final adsorption and desorption amount of
BF are depicted in Fig. 9. It shows that the amounts from the elution process reach a stable value
(42.5 mg g-1) with NH4Ac concentration above 0.4 mol L-1. With the adsorption equilibrium
amount 54.4 mg g-1, the desorption rate stayed around 78%, and there was still 11.9 mg g-1 BF
adsorbed on mesoporous Al-MCM-41 which can not be desorbed by ion-exchange effect. The
regeneration and reuse of adsorbent indicates that the mesoporous Al-MCM-41 is efficient and
stable adsorbent for dye removal.
3.6 Adsorption performance comparison
The adsorption capacities of BF onto Al-MCM-41 and natural pal were compared and the
results are displayed in Fig. S1. The adsorption amount of BF onto Al-MCM-41 and natural pal
was gradually increased with the increase in time. The adsorption amount of BF onto Al-MCM-41
was significantly greater than that onto natural pal at the same adsorption time, which presents that
the Al-MCM-41 has excellent adsorption property.
In summary, a highly ordered mesoporous molecular sieve, Al-MCM-41 was successfully
synthesized via alkali calcination leaching of natural palygorskite coupled with hydrothermal 11
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0.82 cm3 g-1. As expected, the mesoporous Al-MCM-41 exhibited a good adsorption capability for
cationic BF. The kinetic study revealed that the rate determining step of the adsorption process
was intra-particle diffusion and increased mobility of adsorbate was observed with increasing
temperature. The Al-MCM-41 adsorbent from natural Pal is efficient and fast for the removal of
dyes from contaminated wastewater.
This work was financially supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China
51472120 and No. 51322212), the Natural Science Foundation of Jingjiang Industrial Technology
Research Institute (No. KYH15020017) and the Natural Science Foundation of ChangZhou
University (No. ZMF15020099).
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Captions of figures and tables:
Fig. 1. XRD patterns of Al-MCM-41: (a) different CTAB/SiO2 mass ratios of (1) 0.05, (2) 0.1, (3)
0.3 and (4) 0.5; (b) different gelation pH values of (5) 3, (6) 5, (7) 7 and (8) 9; (c) different
crystallization temperature of (9) 60
crystallization time of (13) 6 h, (14) 12 h, (15) 24 h and (16) 48 h.
Fig. 2. (a) N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms and (b) BJH pore size distribution of Al-MCM-41
(CTAB/SiO2 = 0.1).
Fig. 3. SEM images of (a) natural Pal, (b) acidified Pal, (c, d) Al-MCM-41, and TEM images of (e,
Fig. 4. XPS spectra of (a) Survey, (b) Al 2p, (c) Si 2p and (d) O 1s for acidified Pal and
Fig. 5. FTIR spectra of Al-MCM-41 (a) before and (b) after BF adsorption.
Fig. 6. (a) Langmuir adsorption isotherms and (b) pseudo-first-order plots at three different
temperatures for Al-MCM-41 adsorbent.
Fig. 7. (a) Effect of initial concentration on adsorption kinetics for BF (Temperature = 25
adsorbent dose = 1 g L-1, pH = 6.5); (b) Effect of temperature on adsorption kinetics for BF (Initial
concentration on of BF = 60 mg L-1, adsorbent dose = 1 g L-1, pH = 6.5).
Fig. 8. Intra-particle diffusion modeling results of BF adsorption onto Al-MCM-41 with
different initial concentrations (Temperature = 25
Fig. 9. Equilibrium adsorption and desorption concentration with NH4Ac solution. (Initial
concentration of BF = 60 mg L-1, adsorbent dose = 1 g L-1, Temperature = 25
Table 1 The effects of different synthesis parameters on textural properties of Al-MCM-41.
Table 2 The constants of Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms and respective correlation
coefficients for BF adsorption onto Al-MCM-41.
Table 3 Thermodynamic parameters for BF adsorption onto Al-MCM-41.
Table 4 Kinetic parameters for BF adsorption onto Al-MCM-41.
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SBET (m2 g-1)
Pore volume (cm3 g-1)
Pore Diameter (nm)
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Crystallization temperature (
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Table 2 Langmuir equation Temp ( )
Freundlich equation 2
b (L mg )
Table 3 ◦
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Pseudo-first-order equation Temp ( )
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qe (mg g-1)
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qe (mg g-1)
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Highlights 1. A novel mesoporous material, Al-MCM-41 was synthesized using natural palygorskite.
2. The Al-MCM-41 possessed good crystallinity and large specific surface area.
3. The Al-MCM-41 exhibited excellent adsorption property for
hazardous dye removal.
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4. The adsorption behavior of dye onto Al-MCM-41 was systematically