Effect of surfactant molecular structure on perchlorate removal by various organo-montmorillonites

Wuhui Luo, Keiko Sasaki, Tsuyoshi Hirajima

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A series of organo-montmorillonites (organo-Mt) was synthesized using various cationic surfactants with different alkyl-chain lengths, head groups, and alkyl-chain numbers, which were systematically examined for perchlorate adsorption. The products were characterized by the specific surface area, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In addition, the surfactant loadings and surface charges were investigated by CHN analysis and zeta potential measurements. The greatest adsorption capacity of 0.95. mmol/g-composite was obtained on benzyloctadecyldimethylammonium-modified Mt. Increasing the alkyl-chain length significantly enhanced the capacity and selectivity for perchlorate adsorption, but resulted in decrease of adsorption rate. Compared with trimethylammonium and pyridinium with the same alkyl-chain length, the benzyldimethylammonium as a head group showed better performance in terms of adsorption capacity and selectivity of perchlorate because of higher hydrophobicity. Moreover, increasing the alkyl-chain number decreased adsorption rate, but enhanced adsorption capacity, because of dense packing of alkyl chains and high driving force for entrapment of counter ion-accompanying surfactant. The perchlorate adsorption performance of organo-Mt was synergistically influenced by the alkyl-chain length, head group and alkyl-chain number of the surfactants used for modification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-220
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Clay Science
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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