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Title: Feasible conversion of solid waste bauxite tailings into highly crystalline 4A zeolite with valuable application

Highlights: • Concept to convert waste to valuable product is carried out in this study. • An industrially feasible and cost-effective approach was developed and optimized. • Highly crystalline and well-defined zeolite was produced under moderate conditions. • The zeolite derived from the bauxite tailings displayed high ion exchange capacity. • Bauxite tailings have potential application in heavy metal ions adsorbent. - Abstract: Bauxite tailings are a major type of solid wastes generated in the flotation process. The waste by-products caused significant environmental impact. To lessen this hazardous effect from poisonous mine tailings, a feasible and cost-effective solution was conceived and implemented. Our approach focused on reutilization of the bauxite tailings by converting it to 4A zeolite for reuse in diverse applications. Three steps were involved in the bauxite conversion: wet-chemistry, alkali fusion, and crystallization to remove impurities and to prepare porous 4A zeolite. It was found that the cubic 4A zeolite was single phase, in high purity, with high crystallinity and well-defined structure. Importantly, the 4A zeolite displayed maximum calcium ion exchange capacity averaged at 296 mg CaCO{sub 3}/g, comparable to commercially-available zeolite (310 mg CaCO{sub 3}/g) exchange capacity. Base on the optimal synthesis condition, the reaction yield ofmore » zeolite 4A from bauxite tailings achieved to about 38.43%, hence, this study will provide a new paradigm for remediation of bauxite tailings, further mitigating the environmental and health care concerns, particularly in the mainland of PR China.« less
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. State Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallurgy, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)
  2. The Department of Chemistry, Texas A and M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX 78363 (United States)
  3. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22436829
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Waste Management; Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; ADSORBENTS; BAUXITE; BY-PRODUCTS; CALCIUM CARBONATES; CALCIUM IONS; CHEMISTRY; CHINA; CONVERSION; CRYSTALLIZATION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; FLOTATION; HEAVY METALS; POROUS MATERIALS; REMEDIAL ACTION; SYNTHESIS; TAILINGS; ZEOLITES