Adsorption of Nicotine from Aqueous Solutions on Montmorillonite and Acid–Modified Montmorillonite
Montmorillonite (Mt) and acid modified montmorillonite (MtA) were tested as nicotine adsorbents. The samples were characterized using FT-IR spectroscopy and low temperature nitrogen physisorption. Nicotine adsorption was performed with respect to contact time, pH and initial nicotine concentration. The kinetics of adsorption obeyed the pseudo-second-order kinetics. The optimal pH values for nicotine adsorption were 6 and 9 for Mt and MtA, respectively. The isotherms related to adsorption on Mt at pH = 6 and 9 as well as for MtA at pH=6 were best fitted with Sips isotherm model, while adsorption onto MtA at pH=9 obeyed Langmuir isotherm model.
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