Metal decontamination from chemically modified rice husk film

Metal Decontamination From Chemically Modified Rice Husk Film

S. K. Shukla1*, Nidhi1, Sudha1, Pooja1,  Namrata1, Charu1, Akshay1, Silvi1, Manisha1, Rizwana1, Anand Bharadvaja1 and G. C. Dubey2

1Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi 110075, India

2Institute of Defense Scientists and Technologists, Dr. S. K. Mazumdar Road, Delhi 110054, India

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2014, 5 (6), pp 352-355

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2014.1018

Publication Date (Web): Mar 23, 2014



Finely grinded rice husk (RH) has been treated with different alkalis (NaOH, KOH, Na2CO3 and KCO3)   and a film was casted   from obtained semi liquid product. The effect of various alkalis on physical properties like water absorption, swelling behavior, bulk density husk has been investigated. The morphology and chemical structure were studied by Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Optical microscopy and thermogravimetry (TG) techniques. The results   revealed the formation of homogenous film with partial crystalline nature with better thermal stability than RH and approx half bulk density. Further, the developed film was found suitable for metal (Cu(II) and As (III) decontamination from  prepared aqueous sample upto 90 and 93 % with removal capacity 2gm per sq cm.


Rice husk, derived film, metal decontamination.

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