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Purification of wastewater from Sindos industrial area of Thessaloniki (N. Greece) using Hellenic Natural Zeolite

  • A. Filippidis
  • A. Tsirambides
  • N. Kantiranis
  • E. Tzamos
  • D. Vogiatzis
  • G. Papastergios
  • A. Papadopoulos
  • S. Filippidis
Part of the Environmental Earth Sciences book series (EESCI)

Abstract

The treatment of wastewater from Sindos industrial area of Thessaloniki, Greece (initial pH 7.8) with the Hellenic Natural Zeolite (HENAZE), resulted to clear water of pH 7.3, free of odours and improved by 93% in the colour, 69% in the chemical oxygen demand (COD), >97% in the P2O5 removal, 54% in the NO3 removal and 77% in the Cr removal. The sorption and fixation of the different species from the wastewater by the micro- meso- and macroporous of HENAZE can be attributed to absorption (mainly ion exchange), adsorption and surface precipitation processes. Important role in these processes play the surface Broensted acidic and Lewis basic sites of the HEU-type zeolite. In addition the HENAZE treatment gave odourless and cohesive zeosludge, suitable for safe deposition since the fixation of dangerous components into the micro- meso- and macroporous of HENAZE, prevents the seepage of them by the rain water, protecting thus the quality of surface and underground waters. The used HENAZE sample, comes from Ntrista stream area of Petrota village (Evros Prefecture, Northeastern Greece) and contains 88 wt.% HEU-type zeolite, 4 wt.% mica + clays (92 wt.% microporous minerals), 5 wt.% feldspars and 3 wt.% SiO2-phases (quartz + cristobalite). The mineralogical composition and the physico-chemical properties, make the HENAZE suitable material for numerous environmental, industrial, agricultural and aquacultural applications.

Keywords

Chemical Oxygen Demand Natural Zeolite Zeolitic Tuff Lewis Basic Site Safe Deposition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Filippidis
    • 1
  • A. Tsirambides
    • 1
  • N. Kantiranis
    • 1
  • E. Tzamos
    • 1
  • D. Vogiatzis
    • 1
  • G. Papastergios
    • 1
  • A. Papadopoulos
    • 1
  • S. Filippidis
    • 1
  1. 1.School of GeologyAristotle UniversityThessalonikiGreece

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