Synthesis and characterization of novel sorbent for boron removal

Yu Ting Wei, Yu Ming Zheng, J. Paul Chen

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Excess intake of boron containing water can pose serious problems on human beings. Traditional technologies are limited by insufficient efficiency especially for trace boron removal. In this study, a novel sorbent was developed. A series of batch sorption experiments was conducted to investigate the boron sorption behaviors of the synthesized chitosan based sorbent. Our results show, comparing to raw chitosan, the boron uptake capacity of modified chitosan is significantly enhanced and the sorption capacity is determined to be 11.82 mg B/g sorbent. The equilibrium time of boron sorption can be achieved in less than 10 h. At a dose of 1.3 g/L, boron in seawater can be lowered to 0.5 mg/L to meet the WHO standard for drinking water.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIChE100 - 2008 AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2008 AIChE Annual Meeting, AIChE 100 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 16 Nov 200821 Nov 2008

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Conference2008 AIChE Annual Meeting, AIChE 100
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA


  • Atom transfer radical polymerization
  • Boron
  • Chitosan
  • Sorption

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