Removal of Trimethoprim from Water using Carbonized Wood Waste as Adsorbents


  • S. A. Adesokan Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
  • A. A. Giwa Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
  • I. A. Bello Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso


Phosphoric acid (H3PO4), Zinc chloride (ZnCl2), Daniellia-oliveri sawdust, Activated carbon, Trimethoprim


Daniellia—oliveri sawdust-based adsorbents were employed to remove trimethoprim (TMP) from water. The sawdust was thermally carbonized and activated in-stu with ZnCl2 and H3PO4 separately. The adsorbents surface features were profiled using scanning electron microscopic (SEM) and pH point of zero charge (pHpzc ) analyses. The prospects of the adsorbents for the removal of trimethoprim from water were verified. The adsorption processes were performed under different experimental conditions. The adsorption isotherm, the kinetics, and the thermodynamics were studied; and the data fitting output revealed that both chemisorptions and physisorption occurred. Surface and pore diffusion played active role in the adsorption of TMP by the adsorbents. The optimum conditions for adsorption of TMP by the adsorbents were pH at slightly acidic to neutral medium and temperature at room temperature. The fitting isotherm models were: Langmuir (R2 = 0.993) for the zinc-chloride-activated-carbon, Temkin (R2 = 0.962) for the phosphoric-acid-activated-carbon, and the kinetics: pseudo-second order (R2 = 0.997) for both. The maximum monolayer adsorption capacities of the adsorbents for TMP was 4.115 and 6.495 mg/g, respectively. The thermodynamic parameters determined suggested feasibility, spontaneity, and endothermicity of the adsorption processes. The results reveal that the adsorbents were good
prospects for the removal of TMP from water.


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Adesokan, S. A., Giwa, A. A. ., & Bello, I. A. . (2021). Removal of Trimethoprim from Water using Carbonized Wood Waste as Adsorbents. Journal of the Nigerian Society of Physical Sciences, 3(4), 344–353.



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