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Adsorption of pyridine from aqueous solutions by polymeric adsorbents MN 200 and MN 500. Part 2: Kinetics and diffusion analysis

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Zhu, Q 
Moggridge, GD 
D'Agostino, C 


The adsorption kinetics of pyridine adsorption on Macronet adsorbents MN 200 and MN 500 from aqueous solution was investigated at various initial pyridine concentrations and temperatures. The Weber-Morris plots revealed the influence of both external film diffusion and intraparticle diffusion resistances. The two linear regions in Weber-Morris plots were attributed to macropore and micropore diffusion, respectively, which was associated to the bimodal pore size distribution of the adsorbents. New insights into the diffusion mechanisms were highlighted, with the proposed internal film diffusion resistance dominating into the macropore region, whereas homogeneous particle diffusion resistance describes diffusion in the micropore region. The importance of pore and surface diffusion in the micropores was noted in contributing to the observed diffusion kinetics. The pore diffusion coefficient was estimated from PFG (pulsed-field gradient) parameter and molecular diffusion coefficient of pyridine in bulk liquid. A greater contribution of the surface diffusion to the overall diffusion kinetics was found for MN 500 as inferred from a proposed calculation method, which agrees with its better adsorption performance. The overall findings highlight the effect of pore structure onto the diffusion mechanisms inside the pores and help to gain a better understanding into the adsorption kinetics of these Macronet adsorbents which are promising materials for the removal of N-heterocyclic compounds from waste water.



Pyridine adsorption, Macronet adsorbents, Adsorption kinetics, Intraparticle diffusion, Pore and surface diffusion

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Chemical Engineering Journal

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Elsevier BV
Wolfson College, Cambridge