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Promising application of natural zeolites: for waste water treatment - a review

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Chemistry, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Debre Berhan University, P.O. Box: 126, Debre Berhan, Ethiopia

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 8, Issue (4), Pages 69-74, October,22 (2019)


The presented review shows that, due to their unique properties such as, thermally stable, can survive both in acidic and basic conditions and have the capacity to exchange with other cation, Zeolites have a great potential as effective sorbents for a large number of water treatment applications. Moreover Zeolite modification extends markedly their applications. Number of different methods can be used for zeolites modification. The most common method for modification is to use organic surfactants. Low price and wide range of use in (waste) water treatment increases popularity of oxide modification. Growing interest in zeolite application in water purification is observed worldwide since natural zeolites offer the possibility for removing contaminants in water and wastewater such as inorganic cations and anions as well as microorganisms.


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