Natural clinoptilolite can be used as an ion exchanger for removal of heavy metals and treatment of environmental pollution because of its desirable characteristics of high ion exchange selectivity and resistance to different media.
In this work, the potential of natural clinoptilolite
from Gördes mines (West Anatolia, Turkey) for the uptake of lead(II), nickel(II), copper(II), and zinc(II), from their single and mixed ion solutions, was evaluated using the batch method. The mineralogical and chemical properties of the sorption material were carried out by X-ray diffraction,
X-ray fluoremetry, scanning electron microscopy, and wet analysis.
Contact time, initial solution pH, solid-to-liquid ratio, and initial metal cation concentration were determined as single ion sorption parameters. The silicon/aluminum ratio and the theoretical and equivalent exchange
capacities, both in single and mixed solutions, were established. Corresponding adsorption constants and distribution coefficients have been found.
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