Adsorption and desorption of dimethyl phthalate on carbon nanotubes in aqueous copper(II) solution

Jingwei Wang, Fei Wang, Jun Yao*, Ruixia Wang, Haiyan Yuan, Kanaji Masakorala, Martin M F CHOI

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

18 Citations (Scopus)


The adsorption and desorption of dimethyl phthalate (DMP) on five types of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were studied in the absence and presence of 50mg/L copper(II) (Cu2+) ion. The adsorption and desorption data are well described by the Freundlich model and the first-order two-compartment model, respectively. The adsorption capacity of CNTs for DMP is inversely related to the average outer diameter of the CNTs. The surface acidic functional groups of CNTs increases in the order of lactones < hydroxyl < carboxyl functionalities and decreases with the increase in the outer diameter. The adsorption of DMP on CNTs increases in the presence of Cu2+ ions. The adsorption coefficient increases in pH 3-6 and is nearly the same at pH > 6 for all CNTs. The presence of Cu2+ ions decreases the amounts of desorbed DMP from CNTs, inferring that Cu2+ ions could suppress the DMP desorption from CNTs and reduce DMP toxicity to our environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-56
Number of pages10
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adsorption
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Copper(II) ions
  • Dimethyl phthalate
  • PH


Dive into the research topics of 'Adsorption and desorption of dimethyl phthalate on carbon nanotubes in aqueous copper(II) solution'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this