Adsorption Mechanism of Anionic Groups Found in Sulfonated Mulberry Stem Chemi-Mechanical Pulp (SCMP) for Removal of Methylene Blue Dye

Lianxin Luo, Ye Jin, Mingfu Li, Lingyu Hu, Guangxing Li, Yi Liu


The anionic groups (AGs) present in mulberry stem sulfonated chemi-mechanical pulp (SCMP) were studied relative to the adsorption of methylene blue (MB) dye. Adsorption isotherm experiments were carried out for the unbleached pulp, and for pulp that had been subjected to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) bleaching. AGs present in the pulps appeared to govern the adsorption of MB. MB adsorption kinetics were evaluated for the bleached pulp. The methylene blue adsorption by SCMP, made from mulberry stems, conformed to the Langmuir adsorption model, which is consistent with a monolayer adsorption process. The adsorption thermodynamics showed that the adsorption process was spontaneous and exothermic. A pseudo-second order kinetic model described the adsorption mechanism of MB by the SCMP made from mulberry stems.


Anionic groups; Methylene blue; Absorption thermodynamics; Kinetic model

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