Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 16, pp 15795–15802 | Cite as

Removal of pirimicarb from agricultural waste water using cellulose acetate–modified ionic liquid membrane

  • Sana ZulfiqarEmail author
  • Uzaira Rafique
  • Muhammad Javed Akhtar
Sustainable Environmental Management


Insecticide spray in fruit gardens is a very common practice in different districts of Pakistan. These toxic sprays not only deteriorate the taste of fruit but also due to wet deposition travel through soil, they reach groundwater via leaching process. In the present study, imidazolium-based ionic liquid ([C2im][C3H6NH2]Br) and its cellulose acetate–supported membrane ([CA-C2im][C3H6NH2]Br) was prepared and characterized using FTIR, XRD, and SEM. These materials are used as adsorbents for the removal of “Pirimicarb” (an insecticide from waste water). A closed batch at varying parameters, i.e., concentration and temperature as function of time, was conducted on UV-Vis spectrophotometer. Comparison of removal capacity exposed better (74%) adsorption trend by CA-IL membrane than ionic liquid (68%). Thermodynamic studies projected spontaneous process (−ΔG), favoring endothermic reaction (ΔH, ΔS). Kinetics supported pseudo-second order reaction while fitness of isothermic models (Langmuir, Freundlich, Temkin) proposed multistep intraparticle diffusion process.


Ionic liquids Membranes Agricultural waste water Cellulose acetate Pirimicarb (C11H18N4O2


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sana Zulfiqar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Uzaira Rafique
    • 1
  • Muhammad Javed Akhtar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental SciencesFatima Jinnah Women UniversityRawalpindiPakistan
  2. 2.Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and TechnologyNilorePakistan

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