Preparation and application of chelating polymer-mesoporous carbon composite for copper-ion adsorption

Hyung Ik Lee, Yongju Jung, Seok Kim, Jeong Ah Yoon, Jin Hoe Kim, Jae Sik Hwang, Myung Hee Yun, Jei Won Yeon, Chang Seop Hong, Ji Man Kim

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A mesoporous carbon material, CMK-1 was successfully functionalized with carboxymethylated polyethyleneimine (CMPEI) by a simple adsorption method. The physicochemical properties of the polymer-carbon composite (denoted as CMPEI/CMK-1) were investigated by X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption-desorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The adsorption behaviors of Cu(II) ion on the CMK-1 and CMPEI/CMK-1 materials were examined under the batch-type experimental conditions. The CMPEI/CMK-1 material showed a typical Langmuir isotherm with a 10-fold increase in adsorption capacity, compared to that of CMK-1. In the case of 0.02 mM Cu(II) solution, the copper ions were completely removed by utilizing the CMPEI/CMK-1 material both at pH values of 3 and 5. The CMPEI/CMK-1 material also exhibited a remarkably high distribution coefficient value (Kd = 2.75 × 105). The results from XPS depth profiles before and after the copper-ion adsorption indicated that the CMPEI and the adsorbed Cu(II) ions were uniformly distributed within the CMK-1 particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1043-1049
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Nuclear R&D Program of the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and by the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOEHRD, KRF-2005-005-J11901).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science


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