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Removal of Fe2+ and Mn2+ from Water by Using Mining Rock Wastes and Their Synthesized Zeolites

The process of using mining rock waste as raw material to synthesis zeolite species is a viable alternative. Such process is minimizing serious impact of mining wastes on the environment and solving environmental problems such as water purification. In the present study, faujasite (NaX) and sodalite – cancrinite (sod-can) zeolites were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal crystallization using green siltstone, mudstone and black shale of mining rock wastes from Abu Tartur phosphate mine, western desert, Egypt. The raw materials as well as synthesized zeolites were characterized by means of X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Thermogravimetry (TG), Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET). Raw material (black shale) and synthesized zeolites (Na-X) faujasite were examined as heavy metal (Fe and Mn) adsorbent from aqueous solution. The results show that Na-X faujasite is very faster and higher in the up taking of Fe2+ and Mn2+ ions relative to the black shale absorbent or even the synthesized sodalite-cancrinite. Fe2+ and Mn2+ adsorption onto black shale absorbent and synthesized faujasite followed Langmuir isotherm, however, Freundlich isotherm model is accepted in the case of sodalite-cancrinite adsorbent. The adsorption kinetics of Fe2+ and Mn2+ onto the studied samples follow pseudo-second order model indicating chemical interaction (chemisorption) adsorption process.

Waste Rocks, Zeolite, Heavy Metals, Adsorption, Sodalite-Cancernite, Isotherm

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Walaa Ali Hassan, Mohamed Abdel-Moneim Mohamed, Ezzat Abdalla Ahmed, Mohamed Said Shaban, Mostafa Ragab Abukhadra. (2023). Removal of Fe2+ and Mn2+ from Water by Using Mining Rock Wastes and Their Synthesized Zeolites. International Journal of Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 7(4), 90-107.

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Walaa Ali Hassan; Mohamed Abdel-Moneim Mohamed; Ezzat Abdalla Ahmed; Mohamed Said Shaban; Mostafa Ragab Abukhadra. Removal of Fe2+ and Mn2+ from Water by Using Mining Rock Wastes and Their Synthesized Zeolites. Int. J. Miner. Process. Extr. Metall. 2023, 7(4), 90-107. doi: 10.11648/j.ijmpem.20220704.12

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Walaa Ali Hassan, Mohamed Abdel-Moneim Mohamed, Ezzat Abdalla Ahmed, Mohamed Said Shaban, Mostafa Ragab Abukhadra. Removal of Fe2+ and Mn2+ from Water by Using Mining Rock Wastes and Their Synthesized Zeolites. Int J Miner Process Extr Metall. 2023;7(4):90-107. doi: 10.11648/j.ijmpem.20220704.12

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