MOF-Based Sorbents Used for the Removal of Hg2+ from Aqueous Solutions via a Sorption-Assisted Microfiltration

Membranes (Basel). 2022 Dec 17;12(12):1280. doi: 10.3390/membranes12121280.


Mercury is considered to be one of the most important chemicals of public health concern. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an effective method of removing mercury ions from aqueous solutions to protect people from exposure to this element. This paper presents research on the application of a sorption-assisted microfiltration (SAMF) hybrid process for the removal of Hg2+ from aqueous solutions. As adsorbents used in the process, the metal-organic-framework-UiO-66-type materials have been considered. The methods of synthesis of two types of metal-organic-framework (MOF) sorbents were developed: UiO-66_MAA modified with mercaptoacetic acid (MAA) and a composite of UiO-66 with cellulose. The results of the experiments performed proved that the separation of Hg2+ from water solutions conducted in such a system was effective; however, a relatively long initial contact time of reagents before filtration was required. The experimental results can be used to optimize the parameters of the SAMF process in order to obtain an effective method of Hg2+ removal from aqueous solutions.

PMID:36557186 | PMC:PMC9784083 | DOI:10.3390/membranes12121280


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