Adsorption of uranium (VI) from aqueous solutions using boron nitride/polyindole composite adsorbent

EMRE D., Selçuk Zorer Ö., BİLİCİ A., Budak E., YILMAZ S., Kilic N. C., ...More

Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/app.54856
  • Journal Name: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: adsorption, polyindole, turbostratic boron nitride, uranium, wastewater treatment
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Turbostratic boron nitride (tBN) surface is modified with polyindole (PIn) by a facile polymerization technique and the uranyl adsorption efficiency of this mesoporous hybrid is investigated. The successful surface modification is confirmed by FT-IR, Raman, XRD, TEM, SEM, EDX, EDS mapping XPS, BET, and zeta potential techniques. The batch experiments are performed in various temperatures (T), contact times (t), pH, and initial solution concentrations (C0) to evaluate its adsorption performance. The optimum adsorption performance is achieved at pH = 5.0–5.5, T = 307 K, t = 10 min, C0 = 18 mg L−1. These experimental results are evaluated using Freundlich, Redlich–Peterson, and Langmuir isotherm models, which presents equivalent regression coefficients. Maximum adsorption capacity (qm) of the nanoadsorbent (tBN/PIn), determined by the Langmuir isotherm, is 315.29 mg g−1. The adsorption kinetics of uranyl ions on tBN/PIn are in harmony with the pseudo-second order model. tBN/PIn nanoadsorbent provides high adsorption efficiency even at exceptionally low UO22+ concentration range (4–40 mg L−1) and low adsorbent mass (0.005 g). XPS analysis results show that 0.05% of uranium is adsorbed on tBN/PIn via mainly U-O coordination. The results of present study demonstrate that tBN/PIn can a potential adsorbent for removing uranium from aqueous solutions.