In this study, facile synthesis of α-Fe2O3 biocomposite was mediated by cassava starch as a soft template. Batch mode evaluated its sorption behavior for fluoride removal from aqueous media. Characterization studies using analytical techniques confirmed the existence of porous α-Fe2O3 biocomposite with heterogeneous surfaces having a varied affinity for fluoride. The sorption process was optimized using central composite design (CCD) in response surface methodology (RSM) with a good model prediction (R2 = 0.9066). A study of the interaction effect showed the synergy of process variables on fluoride removal with the result's intensity indicated by the nature of contour plot curvature. Based on the RSM optimization, an optimum fluoride removal efficiency of 85.26% can be achieved at an initial fluoride concentration of 55mg/L, α-Fe2O3 biocomposite dose of 0.55g, pH of 7.5, and contact time of 95 min. Sorption equilibrium data were...
Synthesis and characterization of hematite biocomposite using cassava starch template for aqueous phase removal of fluoride.
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, P.O Box 1410, Uganda. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ojok, W., Ntambi, E., Bolender, J., Wasswa, J., Wanasolo, W., Moodley, B.; Synthesis and characterization of hematite biocomposite using cassava starch template for aqueous phase removal of fluoride.. IFIS Food and Health Sciences Database 2023; doi:
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