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The objective of this thesis research is to evaluate and enhance a recently developed water treatment technology. The technology was previously successful in removing airborne mercury from coal fired power plant flue gas, and has since been demonstrated to remove aqueous copper and cadmium. The technology uses natural coconut fibers impregnated with metal nanoparticles using a proprietary technique. A series of batch tests determined that both the treated and untreated natural fibers were capable of removing over 90% of aqueous zinc from a synthetic solution made by dissolving ZnCl2 salts in deionized water. Further testing with a bench scale continuous flow reactor demonstrated that the treated fibers were capable of removing up to 70% of aqueous zinc with an EBCT of ten minutes. Further testing could prove the technology a viable and cost-effective alternative solution for treating industrial wastewater.
Zieske, Daniel, "Aqueous Zinc Removal Using Nanoparticle Treated Natural Fibers" (2015). Graduate Theses & Non-Theses. 25.