Preparation of highly selective magnetic cobalt ion-imprinted polymer based on functionalized SBA-15 for removal Co2+ from aqueous solutions

  • Zahra Adibmehr
  • H. FaghihianEmail author
Research article


In this research, a novel magnetic cobalt ion imprinted adsorbent (Co(II)-MIIP) was synthesized by use of magnetic SBA-15 core-shell. It was functionalized by dithizone, and after identification by various techniques was used for removal of cobalt from aquatic systems. The uptake of cobalt proceeded very fast and achieved to equilibration within 5 min at which 74 mg g−1 of cobalt was adsorbed at pH = 8 with adsorbent dose of 0.15 g. The ion imprinted sorbent exhibited good selectivity towards cobalt ions. Separation and recovery of the used sorbent was carried out respectively by use of magnetic field and by use of HNO3 (0.1 M), and 85% of the initial capacity was obtained after seven 7 regeneration cycles. Different isotherm models, and error analysis were used to evaluate the experimental data. Thermodynamic, and kinetic evaluations showed that sorption process was endothermic, and described by second order kinetic model (R2 > 0.99). The equilibrium was established within five min.


Magnetic sorbent Co(II)-MIIP: Mesoporous silica Functionalization Cobalt; dithizone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Firoozabad BranchIslamic Azad UniversityFiroozabadIran
  2. 2.Naghshejahan Higher Education InstituteIsfahanIran

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