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Research Article | Open Access

Hydrous cerium oxides coated glass fiber for efficient and long-lasting arsenic removal from drinking water

Ronghui LIaWeiyi YANGbShuang GAObJianku SHANGcQi LIb( )
School of Gemology and Material Technology, Hebei GEO University, Shijiazhuang 050031, China
Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies of Materials (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China
Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China
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A novel arsenic adsorbent with hydrous cerium oxides coated on glass fiber cloth (HCO/GFC) was synthesized. The HCO/GFC adsorbents were rolled into a cartridge for arsenic removal test. Due to the large pores between the glass fibers, the arsenic polluted water can flow through easily. The arsenic removal performance was evaluated by testing the equilibrium adsorption isotherm, adsorption kinetics, and packed-bed operation. The pH effects on arsenic removal were conducted. The test results show that HCO/GFC filter has high As(V) and As(III) removal capacity even at low equilibrium concentration. The more toxic As(III) in water can be easily removed within a wide range of solution pH without pre-treatment. Arsenic contaminated ground-water from Yangzong Lake (China) was used in the column test. At typical breakthrough conditions (the empty bed contact time, EBCT = 2 min), arsenic researched breakthrough at over 24,000 bed volumes (World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for arsenic in drinking water is 10 mg/L). The Ce content in the treated water was lower than 5 ppb during the column test, which showed that cerium did not leach from the HCO/GFC material into the treated water. The relationship between dosage of adsorbents and the adsorption kinetic model was also clarified, which suggested that the pseudo second order model could fit the kinetic experimental data better when the adsorbent loading was relatively low, and the pseudo first order model could fit the kinetic experimental data better when the adsorbent loading amount was relatively high.

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Journal of Advanced Ceramics
Pages 247-257
Cite this article:
LI R, YANG W, GAO S, et al. Hydrous cerium oxides coated glass fiber for efficient and long-lasting arsenic removal from drinking water. Journal of Advanced Ceramics, 2021, 10(2): 247-257.








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Received: 17 July 2020
Revised: 29 October 2020
Accepted: 30 October 2020
Published: 01 March 2021
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