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Hydrophobic Poly(ionic liquid) for Highly Effective Separation of Methyl Blue and Chromium Ions from Water

Author(s): Hao Mi | Zhiguo Jiang | Jie Kong

Journal: Polymers
ISSN 2073-4360

Volume: 5;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 1203;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: poly(ionic liquid) | adsorption | water treatment | methyl blue | chromium

The hydrophobic poly(ionic liquid) of poly(3-ethyl-1-vinylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide) (PVI-TFSI) containing imidazolium cations and bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide anions was synthesized for the separation of methyl blue and chromium ions [Cr(VI)] from water. The adsorption of methyl blue and Cr(VI) in PVI-TSFI/water system reached equilibrium stage within 60 min and 12 h, and the maximum adsorbed percentage for methyl blue and Cr(VI) was 97.6% and 98.0%, respectively. The adsorption regi me of either methyl blue or Cr(VI) for PVI-TFSI was in correspondence with the Langmuir adsorption model. The maximum adsorption capacity of PVI-TFSI for methyl blue and Cr(VI) was determined as 476.2 and 17.9 mg/g, respectively. The hydrophobic poly(ionic liquid) with a remarkable adsorbent capacity of methyl blue and Cr(VI) can be conveniently synthesized and shows potential in water treatment for the effective separation of organic dyes or heavy metal ions.
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