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Adsorption of molybdate ion by natrolite and clinoptilolite-rich tuffs

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Natural clinoptilolite-rich tuffs and natrolite from Iranian deposits and their different ion-exchanged forms were used for the adsorption of 99Mo as molybdate ion. The effect of pH, contact time, initial molybdate concentration, and some cationic and anionic interferences were also studied. To investigate the selectivity of zeolites and their exchanged forms, the isotherms of adsorption were constructed at room temperature. Desorption experiments were carried out to examine the ability of zeolite to retain adsorbed molybdate. It was concluded that molybdate could be considerably adsorbed by some of the exchanged forms of the zeolites (Ag+, Cd2+ and Pb2+ exchanged forms) whereas the uptake by the natural forms was negligible.

Keywords: adsorption, clinoptilolite, molybdate, natrolite, eolites

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