Wastewater Management Using Coagulation and Surface Adsorption through Different Polyferrics in the Presence of TiO2-g-PMAA Particles

Heba Saed Kariem Alawamleh, Seyedsahand Mousavi, Danial Ashoori, Hayder Mahmood Salman, Sasan Zahmatkesh, Mika Sillanpää

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For the surface adsorption process, a wide range of studies have been carried out to describe the adsorption process. However, no extensive study has been carried out to investigate the pre-treatment method effect on the separation process. The purpose of the present study is to improve the performance of the membrane process in the treatment of oily wastewater. For this purpose, the effects of pre-treatment, membrane modification, and operational parameters were investigated on the microfiltration membrane system. Two methods of coagulation and surface adsorption were used as pre-treatment, and then a modified polysulfone (PSf) membrane containing TiO2 nanoparticles was applied in the microfiltration process. In order to reduce the membrane fouling and increase the permeate flux, the surface of the nanoparticle was modified. In order to check the performance of coagulation, pretreatments of polyferric sulfate (PFS) and polyferric chloride (PFC) were applied. The results showed that the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) reduction of 98% can be obtained using 1 g/L of PFS coagulant at pH = 6, while only 81% of COD was removed using 1 g/L PFC. It was also found that the best pH for the performance of this type of coagulant was measured as pH = 10 and the removal efficiency for 1 and 2 g/L of PFC coagulant was obtained as 96.1% and 91.7%, respectively. The results show that in the case of using a coagulant of less than 1 g/L, using PFS is more efficient than PFC; meanwhile, in more than 1 g/L of coagulant, this effect is reversed and the use of PFS will be less efficient than PFC. The performance of the PSf-TiO2 membrane fabricated by the Nonsolvent-induced phase separation (NIPS) method was investigated using modified nanoparticles with an initial size of 10 nm at different operating conditions. The results show that the permeate flux and the rejection can be increased to 563 L/h m2 and 99%, respectively, using the modified PSf membrane. The results of this paper showed that the performance of the adsorption process can be improved by using the coagulation process as a pre-treatment method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number145
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • coagulation
  • membrane separation
  • oily wastewater
  • pre-treatment
  • surface adsorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology


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