Removal of Manganese from Solution using Polyamide Membrane

M. Mathaba, N. Sithole, T. Mashifana

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The work demonstrates the performance of polyamide membrane in the removal of manganese ions from single salt aqueous solution simulating real acid mine drainage. The membrane was tested using a dead-end filtration cell with manganese sulphate was used to prepare a feed solution. The membrane flux and metal rejection was evaluated. Effect of operating parameters such as pH, initial feed concentration and pressure on membrane performance was investigated. The pressure was varied between 10 and 15 bar and it was observed that increasing the pressure increases the membrane flux. Acidic pH conditions contributed to the removal of the contaminate as Mn2+ ions are freely at low pH. The percentage rejection was found to be 63.5 to 77.6 % as concentration is increased from 290 ppm to 321 ppm for a feed solution. The membrane showed satisfactory results in removing metal ions from solution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012023
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2018
Event2017 5th International Conference on Environment Pollution and Prevention, ICEPP 2017 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 14 Dec 201716 Dec 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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