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Ali Kazemi

Ali Kazemi

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0618-6435
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 57197913901
Faculty: Agriculture and Environment
Address: Arak University


Synthesis and sustainable assessment of thiol-functionalization of magnetic graphene oxide and superparamagnetic Fe3O4@SiO2 for Hg(II) removal from aqueous solution and petrochemical wastewater
Adsorption processThiol-functionalized MGO and Fe3O4ReuseEconomic costsEnvironmental impacts
Journal Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers
Researchers Ali Kazemi


Adsorbents used in adsorption processes play an important role in wastewater treatment technologies. It is therefore of interest how manufactured adsorbents can perform better or be more efficient. Is the adsorption capacity a sufficient indicator to select a good adsorbent? In this study, two nanoadsorbents of Hg(II) were successfully synthesized. They are magnetic graphene oxide (MGOsingle bondNH-SH) and magnetic nanoparticle (Fe3O4@SiOsingle bondNH-SH), both functionalized with a thiol group, acetylcysteine. The nanoadsorbents, in addition to their adsorption capacity, were investigated from the viewpoints of reuse and regeneration, economic costs, and environmental impact (carbon footprint). The prepared nanoadsorbents were characterized by FTIR, XRD, TGA, FE-SEM, VSM, AFM, Raman, and elemental analysis. Their adsorption of Hg(II) fits well with the Langmuir isotherm model and follows the pseudo-second-order kinetics. Under optimal conditions, the results of Hg(II) removal from real wastewater and polluted water by MGOsingle bondNH-SH exhibited a higher adsorption capacity, reuse, and regeneration, and as well lower cost and greenhouse gas emissions compared to Fe3O4@SiOsingle bondNH-SH. The findings of the present study highlight that MGOsingle bondNH-SH as a promising adsorbent is more economically and environmentally friendly than Fe3O4@SiOsingle bondNH-SH in the efficient removal of Hg(II) from real wastewater and polluted water.