Synthesis of Gum Acacia Capped Polyaniline-Based Nanocomposite Hydrogel for the Removal of Methylene Blue Dye


In this research work, a novel gum acacia capped polyaniline-based nanocomposite hydrogel (GPA NCHs) was developed and evaluated for the adsorptive removal of cationic methylene blue dye (MB) from aqueous solutions. Firstly, Gum acacia (GA) capped Polyaniline (PANI) dispersion was synthesized by using dispersion polymerization. Then, a water-swellable hydrogel network consisting of GA-PANI and acrylamide (AM) was obtained by using N,N′ -methylene-bisacrylamide (MBA) as a cross-linker, and ammonium persulphate/N,N,N,N′-tetramethylethylenediamine (APS/TMEDA) as an initiating system. The developed materials were characterized by UV–visible, FTIR, XRD, SEM–EDX and TEM techniques. The microscopy studies revealed that GA-PANI nanoparticles have a granular morphological surface with an average size of ~ 40–100 nm. Removal of MB dye from aqueous system was performed by adsorption studies in batch equilibrium mode with different dosage of GA-PANI, MB concentration, pH and temperatures. The adsorption data revealed that the absorption capacity of GPA NCHs highly depends on the dosage of GA-PANI, pH and concentration of the MB dye. The maximum percentage of MB removal onto GPA 1.0 NCHs was found to be 89% at pH 10 with a dye concentration of 10 mg L−1. The equilibrium adsorption data were also analyzed by different models to understand the adsorption process. The results revealed that the adsorption process followed the pseudo-second-order kinetics and it fit well in Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms with a maximum adsorption capacity of 35.41 mg g−1. These studies demonstrate that the GPA NCHs could be a promising adsorbent material for the removal of MB dye from contaminated aqueous systems.

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The author, TJ acknowledges ANID/CONICYT-Chile for the FONDECYT Postdoctoral Fellowship-2017 (#3170272) and Universidad de Talca for the support. Authors acknowledge PIEI-QUIM-BIO, and Direccion de Investigacion, Universidad de Talca for International Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020, Proyecto de Investigacion enlace FONDECYT (#300061) and Proyecto fondo para equipamiento científico de nivel intermedio 2018. PR wishes to acknowledge Fondecyt Iniciacion No 11190727, which is supported by ANID and VRIP, Universidad Católica del Maule.

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TJ: Writing—original draft, Writing—review & editing, Investigation. RDP: Investigation, AA-F: Investigation, Diana Abril-Milan: Investigation, JA: Conceptualization, Resources, Supervision, Writing- review & editing.

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Jayaramudu, T., Pyarasani, R.D., Akbari-Fakhrabadi, A. et al. Synthesis of Gum Acacia Capped Polyaniline-Based Nanocomposite Hydrogel for the Removal of Methylene Blue Dye. J Polym Environ (2021).

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  • Nanocomposite hydrogels
  • Polyaniline
  • Methylene blue
  • Adsorption