Fe and Mn retention in natural water by adsorption-oxidation on clinoptilolite


  • Carolina Cuchimaque-Lugo Universidad Industrial de Santander
  • Luz Yolanda Vargas-Fiallo Universidad Industrial de Santander
  • Carlos Alberto Rios-Reyes Universidad Industrial de Santander


Clinoptilolite, Fe2O3 and MnO2, experimental, sodium hipochloride, removal


In the present work of investigation the ef® ciency in the Fe and Mn removal of the natural water is veri® ed by the use of adsorbent means that consist of natural zeolite (clinoptilolite), recovered with Fe2O3 and MnO2 starting from FeCl3 and MnSO4, respectively. The zeolite by its great capacity of cation interchange is an excellent support of these oxides. The mechanism of the removal is by adsorption-oxidation of these metals on the surface of the oxide layer that covers the grain with zeolite. In the removal tests by means of a ® ltration system the variable pH were studied, as well as the Fe and Mn concentrations, ¯ ow in the af¯ uent and height of the layer of the zeolite, being the last two being those of more relevance in the removal. Concentrations of 1.0-7.0 mg/L for Fe and 0.5-3.0 mg/L for Mn were used, in a rank of pH of 6.0-8.0. The ef® ciency of the removal diminishes with the increase in the Fe concentration, especially to high values of pH (> 7.5), by the formation of precipitated of Fe2O3 causing acceleration in the saturation
of mean. A signi® cant difference was not obtained both on the removal withthe use of types of covering, although to high concentrations of these metals, with the Fe2O3 layer a little greater percentage of removal were obtained, but the disadvantage is that with this oxide type smaller race of the ® lters was
obtained by the saturation of the means.

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Author Biographies

Carolina Cuchimaque-Lugo, Universidad Industrial de Santander

Professor and Researcher

Luz Yolanda Vargas-Fiallo, Universidad Industrial de Santander

Professor and Researcher

Carlos Alberto Rios-Reyes, Universidad Industrial de Santander

Professor and Researcher


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Cuchimaque-Lugo, C., Vargas-Fiallo, L. Y., & Rios-Reyes, C. A. (2013). Fe and Mn retention in natural water by adsorption-oxidation on clinoptilolite. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (66), 24–44. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ingenieria/article/view/14873