Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 10, pp 10106–10116 | Cite as

Characterizations and mechanisms for synthesis of chitosan-coated Na–X zeolite from fly ash and As(V) adsorption study

  • Caiyun HanEmail author
  • Ting Yang
  • Hang Liu
  • Liu Yang
  • Yongming LuoEmail author
Research Article


Solid waste fly ash with low aluminum of Yunnan Province in China was used as pristine material to prepared chitosan-coated Na–X zeolite, and the obtained composite material was employed as As(V) adsorbent. Then, the prepared materials were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, and XPS. And the results suggested that the low aluminum fly ash was successfully convert into Na–X zeolite, and the mineralization between Si–OH of the obtained Na–X zeolite and C–OH of chitosan was the dominated mechanism for coated chitosan over the surface of Na–X zeolite. From the batch experiments of As(V) removal, it has been found that the coated chitosan could significantly improve As(V) performance of Na–X zeolite. The optimal working pH for removal As(V) by chitosan-coated Na–X zeolite was attained at pH 2.1 ± 0.1, and the maximum adsorption capacity was 63.23 mg/g. And the adsorption data at different interval time was excellent fitted by pseudo-second-order kinetic model. From the analyze of XPS, the results suggested that As(V) uptake over adsorbent by the bond of As–N and As–O and the surface hydroxyl group of Al–OH and –NH2 were involved in uptake As(V) from acid wastewater.


Chitosan Na–X zeolite Mineralization As(V) Mechanism 


Funding information

This work is financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos.: 21507051, 21767016, and U1402233).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Environmental Science and EngineeringKunming University of Science and TechnologyKunmingPeople’s Republic of China

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