Microchimica Acta

, Volume 180, Issue 3–4, pp 227–233 | Cite as

Removal of heavy metals from industrial wastewaters using amine-functionalized nanoporous carbon as a novel sorbent

  • Omid Sayar
  • Mostafa M. Amini
  • Hamidreza MoghadamzadehEmail author
  • Omid Sadeghi
  • Stuart J. Khan
Original Paper


Nano-porous carbon (NPC) was synthesized by hydrothermal condensation of fructose and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and also nitrogen adsorption analysis. It was then modified with amino groups and used as a sorbent for the removal of heavy metal ions. The formation of amino-modified NPC was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric and elemental analysis. NPC was applied for removal of Pb(II), Cd(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) ions. The effects of sample pH and the adsorption kinetics were studied, and the adsorption capacity was determined. The sorbent was applied to the removal of heavy metal ions in industrial waste water samples.


A schematic diagram for sorbent synthesis


Nanoporous carbon Amine-modified Heavy metals removal Industrial wastewater 

Supplementary material

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Omid Sayar
    • 1
  • Mostafa M. Amini
    • 2
  • Hamidreza Moghadamzadeh
    • 3
    Email author
  • Omid Sadeghi
    • 4
  • Stuart J. Khan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Civil & Environmental EngineeringUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryShahid Beheshti University, G.CTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Engineering, South Tehran BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran

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