Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 30, Issue 8, pp 1603–1608 | Cite as

The adsorption of malachite green (MG) as a cationic dye onto functionalized multi walled carbon nanotubes

  • Mohammad Shirmardi
  • Amir Hossein MahviEmail author
  • Bayram Hashemzadeh
  • Abolfazl Naeimabadi
  • Ghasem Hassani
  • Mehdi Vosoughi Niri
Environmental Engineering


Synthetic dyes are widely used by several industries to color their products. The discharge of colored wastewater into the hydrosphere causes serious environmental problems. We used functionalized multi wall carbon nanotubes as an adsorbent for the adsorption of cationic dye, malachite green, from aqueous solution. Based on information provided by the Iranian Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, carbon nanotubes are produced using a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique. These as-received MWCNTs were functionalized by acid treatment. The remaining dye concentration was read by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy at maximum adsorption wavelength. The effect of different operational parameters such as contact time, pH of solution, adsorbent dose and initial dye concentration were studied. The results showed that by increasing of contact time, pH and adsorbent dose the removal of dye increased, but by increasing initial dye concentration, the removal efficiency decreased. Adsorption isotherms and kinetics behavior of f-MWCNTs for removal of malachite green was analyzed, and fitted to various existing models. The experimental data were well correlated with the Langmuir isotherm with a maximum adsorption capacity (q m ) and regression coefficient (R2) of 142.85 mg/g and 0.997, respectively. The results of this study indicate that functionalized multi wall carbon nanotubes can be used as an effective adsorbent for the removal of dyes.

Key words

Adsorption Carbon Nanotube Dye Isotherm Kinetic Study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Shirmardi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Amir Hossein Mahvi
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Bayram Hashemzadeh
    • 5
  • Abolfazl Naeimabadi
    • 6
  • Ghasem Hassani
    • 1
  • Mehdi Vosoughi Niri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Public HealthAhvaz Jundishapur University of Medical SciencesAhvazIran
  2. 2.Member of Student Research Committee of Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical SciencesAhvazIran
  3. 3.School of Public Health and Institute for Environmental ResearchTehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  4. 4.National Institute of Health ResearchTehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  5. 5.Department of Environmental Health, Khoy School of Nursing and Public HealthUrmia University of Medical SciencesUrmiaIran
  6. 6.Department of Environmental Health, School of Public HealthNorth Khorasan University of Medical SciencesBojnourdIran

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