Comparison of several polymeric sorbents for selective boron removal from reverse osmosis permeate

Parschova H., Mistova E., Matejka Z., Jelinek L., Kabay N. , Kauppinen P.

REACTIVE & FUNCTIONAL POLYMERS, vol.67, no.12, pp.1622-1627, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 67 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2007.07.026
  • Page Numbers: pp.1622-1627


Fibrous sorbents based on polypropylene and viscose fibers grafted with styrene or glycidyl methacrylate and functionalized with N-methylglucamine were compared with classical polystyrene/DVB bead sorbent with N-methylglucamine functional group. Tests were carried out in dynamic column mode. Model solution of reverse osmosis permeate containing 1.5 mg/L of boron was pumped through 5 mL of sorbent packed in glass column. Fibrous sorbents showed much faster sorption kinetics than bead sorbent, tolerating high specific flow-rates. Compared to bead sorbent, boron regeneration profiles of fibrous sorbents were narrower and they could be successfully regenerated with more diluted hydrochloric acid. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.