Benzene Removal by Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Decorated Carbon Nanotubes Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) impregnated with iron oxide nanoparticles were employed for the removal of benzene from water. The adsorbents were characterized using scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, BET surface area, and thermogravimetric analysis. Batch adsorption experiments were carried out to study the adsorptive removal of benzene and the effect of parameters such as pH, contact time, and adsorbent dosage. The maximum removal of benzene was 61% with iron oxide impregnated CNTs at an adsorbent dosage 100mg, shaking speed 200rpm, contact time 2 hours, initial concentration 1ppm, and pH 6. However, raw CNTs showed only 53% removal under same experimental conditions. Pseudo-first-order kinetic model was found well to describe the obtained data on benzene removal from water. Initial concentration was varied from 1 to 200mg/L for isotherms study. Langmuir isotherm model was observed to best describe the adsorption data. The maximum adsorption capacities were 987.58mg/g and 517.27mg/g for iron oxide impregnated CNTs and raw CNTs, respectively. Experimental results revealed that impregnation with iron oxide nanoparticles significantly increased the removal efficiency of CNTs.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Abbas, A., Abussaud, B. A., Ihsanullah, .., Al-Baghli, N., Khraisheh, M., & Atieh, M. A.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Abbas, Aamir||Abussaud, Basim Ahmed||Al-Baghli, Nadhir AH||Khraisheh, Marwan||Atieh, Muataz Ali

publication date

  • January 2016