Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 34, pp 34610–34622 | Cite as

Novel cotton fabric adsorbent for efficient As(V) adsorption

  • Serdar Korpayev
  • Cengiz Kavaklı
  • Serhad Tilki
  • Pınar Akkaş KavaklıEmail author
Research Article


A novel amine functionalized nonwoven cotton fabric (EDA-GMA-g-NCF) adsorbent material for As(V) adsorption was prepared by using plasma-initiated graft polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) onto nonwoven cotton fabric (NCF) and then its modification with ethylenediamine (EDA). The resultant nonwoven cotton fabric adsorbent was examined by using FT-IR, SEM, and XPS techniques. As(V) adsorption experiments were performed in batch mode as a function of pH, contact time, initial concentration, coexisting ions, ionic strength, and tap water applications. Ethylenediamine carrying nonwoven cotton fabric–based functional adsorbent showed efficient, rapid As(V) removal with high adsorption capacity. The experimental data shows that adsorption mechanism fits to the Langmuir isotherm, and adsorption kinetic follows a pseudo-second-order model. Between pH 2–8 range, nonwoven cotton fabric adsorbent is effective at pH 3 for As(V) adsorption. The maximum adsorption capacity of the nonwoven cotton fabric for As(V) was 217.39 mg/g. The adsorbent could be easily regenerated at least ten cycles with 3% HNO3 solution. EDA-GMA-g-NCF was also efficient for tap water applications with high percent As(V) removal. Thermodynamic parameters show that the As(V) adsorption process was spontaneous and exothermic.

Graphical abstract

Preparation of cotton fabric adsorbent and As(V) treatment process


Nonwoven cotton fabric GMA grafting Ethylenediamine modification Adsorption Arsenic(V) 


Funding information

We greatly appreciate supports from the Hacettepe University Research Fund (grant number 0901601013).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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