Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 34, pp 34319–34331 | Cite as

Date palm ash-MgAl-layered double hydroxide composite: sustainable adsorbent for effective removal of methyl orange and eriochrome black-T from aqueous phase

  • Nawaf I. Blaisi
  • Mukarram ZubairEmail author
  • Ihsanullah
  • Sadaqat Ali
  • Taye Saheed Kazeem
  • Mohammad Saood Manzar
  • Walid Al-Kutti
  • Mamdouh A. Al Harthi
Research Article


Date palm ash (DPA) and MgAl-layered double hydroxide (LDH) composites were synthesized by the co-precipitation method and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET). The DPA-MgAl-LDH (DPA/MgAl) composites were employed for the removal of methyl orange (MO) and eriochrome black-T (EBT) from aqueous phase. Incorporation of 33.33% (w/w) DPA into the layers of MgAl increased the surface area from 44.46 to 140.65 m2/g, which leads to the improved adsorption performance. The maximum adsorption capacity of DPA/MgAl (1:2) at 298 K was 242.98 and 425.16 (mg/g) for MO and EBT, respectively. The adsorption data of dyes were adequately fitted by a pseudo-second-order and Langmuir isotherm model. The composite showed excellent reusability performance up to three cycles. Addition of DPA into MgAl-LDH resulted in an effective low-cost adsorbent for decontamination of dyes from wastewater.

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Date palm ash Layered double hydroxide Dyes Adsorption Sustainable material 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Engineering, College of EngineeringImam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal UniversityDammamSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Center for Environment and Water, Research InstituteKing Fahd University of Petroleum & MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, College of EngineeringImam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal UniversityDammamSaudi Arabia
  4. 4.Department of Chemical EngineeringKing Fahd University of Petroleum & MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia
  5. 5.Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, College of EngineeringImam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal UniversityDammamSaudi Arabia
  6. 6.Center of Research Excellence in NanotechnologyKing Fahd University of Petroleum & MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia

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