Adsorption of Pb (II) ions onto hydroxyapatite nanopowders in aqueous solutions

Simona Liliana Iconaru, Mikael Motelica-Heino, Regis Guegan, Mircea Beuran, Adrian Costescu, Daniela Predoi*

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Contamination of water with heavy metals such as lead is a major worldwide problem because they affect the physiological functions of living organisms, cause cancer, and damage the immune system. Hydroxyapatite, (Ca5(PO4)3OH) is considered one of the most effective materials for removing heavy metals from contaminated water. The hydroxyapatite nanopowders (N-HAp) obtained by a co-precipitation method were used in this research to determine the effectiveness in removing lead ions from contaminated solutions. In this study, we have investigated the structure and morphology of N-HAp nanopowders using X-ray diffraction (XRD), electronic transmission microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The structure information was also obtained by spectroscopy measurements. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy measurements revealed the presence of peaks corresponding to the phosphate and hydroxyl groups. The ability of N-HAp nanopowders to adsorb lead ions from aqueous solutions were established. The results of the kinetic and equilibrium studies on the removal of Pb (II) from aqueous solution revealed that the adsorption of lead (II) cations is due to the surface reaction with the hydroxyl terminal groups on the adsorbent and the combination of the positive charges of the metal cations with the negative charges on the adsorbent surfaces. These observations could validate the use of these ceramic nanopowders in ecological remediation strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2204
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 7
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydroxyapatite nanoparticles
  • Lead
  • Water depollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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