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Unformatted text preview: S IN WATER Z. P. Nhlabatsi, R. W. Krause and L. M. Cele University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemical Technology, P.O.Bo x 17011, Doornfontein 2028, RSA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org For this study, copper-containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were synthesized “in situ” by using the electric arc discharge apparatus, and in a multi -step process using one of two wet techniques namely: an electroless plating and impregnate method respectively. The Cu-containing CNTs were then applied in water treatment. The MWCNTs that were used for the wet technique were synthesized by the nebulised spray pyrolysis using ferrocene/toluene under argon flow. These CNTs 0 were first purified by burning off the amorphous carbon at 500 C in an oven, and then immersing in hydrochloric acid (HCl) to remove the iron catalyst used during the synthesis. Hydroxylic and carboxylic groups were then generated on the CNTs’ surface by treating them with concentrate d nitric acid (HNO3). The MWCNTs were characterized with Fourier transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT -IR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Energy Dispersive X -ray Spectroscopy 2+ (EDX). Application of the Cu-containing CNTs was investigated in the removal of mercury (Hg ), one of the heavy metals present in some polluted soils, especially near industrial areas and hazardous waste 2+ water sites via batch studies. The Hg concentration was determined using Graphite furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS). Water samples inoculated with Escherichia coli ( E. coli) were also treated with the Cu-containing CNTs to ascertain their antibacterial activities. Results obtained for both treated and untreated water were then compared.
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