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dc.contributor.advisorDeng, Baolineng
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Lingxuaneng
dc.date.issued2017eng
dc.date.submitted2017 Falleng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This study is mainly focused on the synthesis and characterization of oxidized mesoporous ZrO2/Carbon composites, determining the best air oxidation time, and comparing the adsorption performances of arsenate on oxidized mesoporous ZrO2/Carbon composites and unoxidized composites. The mesoporous ZrO2/Carbon composites were synthesized via a facile evaporation induced triconstituent co-assembly approach by using Pluronic F127 as a template and zirconium oxychloride octahydrate and resol as Zr and carbon sources, respectively(Li, Xu et al. 2010). The oxidized samples were produced by oxidation at 400[degrees]C in the presence of air. The oxidized composites were characterized by X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Preliminary experiments showed a relatively low adsorption capacity of unoxidized composites, while air oxidation could improve the arsenic adsorption performance by mesoporous ZrO2/Carbon composites. The best air oxidation time was then determined by investigating the adsorption of arsenic by samples oxidized for various time, tested at pH = 4.7 and an initial arsenic concentration of 50ppb. Experiments demonstrated that the best air oxidation time was 20min (OMZC-20) based on its ability to adsorb arsenate. Initial arsenate concentrations and pH values varied while the ionic strength was kept constant by adding NaNO3. The Freundlich model fitted experimental data better than the Langmuir and Temkin models. The optimal pH values for arsenate adsorption was 2-4, and the adsorption capacity decreased with increasing pH from neutral to alkaline values.eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/66767
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campuses of the University of Missouri.eng
dc.titleOxidized mesoporous ZrO2/carbon composites for arsenic removaleng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineChemical engineering (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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