Bạch Long Giang, Lam Van Tan, To-Uyen T. Dao, Hong-Tham T Nguyen, Trinh Duy Nguyen


Recent interest in wastewater treatment has shifted to the use of agricultural waste to treat antibiotics in aqueous solutions due the economic efficiency the technique brings. This study focuses on the synthesis, properties and study of the kinetic mechanism of activated carbon and its potential application to remove antibiotics from aqueous solutions. Activated carbon is synthesized from sugarcane bagasse by activated method with active substance of ZnCl2. With a specific surface area of about 980.84 m2/g and high porosity, the product could absorb a large amount of ciprofloxacin (CIP) antibiotics. The properties of materials are characterized by relevant analytical techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET). The behavior of CIP adsorption was studied under the effect of adsorption dose, initial CIP concentration and pH value. The adsorption and isothermal mechanisms are also studied. The results show that the adsorption adhered to the second kinetic model and the experimental data was found to be reasonably fitted to the Langmuir isotherm. Therefore, activated carbon manufactured from sugarcane bagasse could be used as a potential adsorbent to effectively remove antibiotics from aqueous solution.


ciprofloxacin; activated carbon; adsorption; isotherms; kinetic studies

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