Removal of DDE by exploiting the alcoho-phobic interactions
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CitationKöse, K., Köse, D. A. (2017). Removal of DDE by exploiting the alcoho-phobic interactions. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(10), 9187-9193.
DDE (1,1-bis-(4-chlorophenyl)-2,2-dichloroethene), which is a commonly used pesticides in agriculture, has harmful effects on human health. Therefore, the removal of this substance from the drinking water and the soil is essential. Since DDT (1,1″-(2,2,2-Trichloroethane-1,1-diyl) bis(4-chlorobenzene)) is derivation of DDE, the presence of DDT can be monitored by the detection of DDE present in the environment. Herein, we report on the development of aspartic acid-incorporated poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-L-aspartic acid) [poly(HEMA-MAsp)] cryogel for the removal of DDE from aqueous solutions for the first time in the literature. The synthesized cryogels were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), an N2 adsorption method, elemental analysis, and swelling test. The separation experiments were carried out via a batch system to get the optimum adsorption conditions including pH, interaction time, initial DDE concentration, and temperature. The desorption and the reusability results revealed that there was no significant decrease in the DDE adsorption capacity of the cryogels after five adsorption-desorption cycles. The maximum DDE adsorption capacity of poly(HEMA-MAsp) cryogels was found to be 31.51 mg DDE/g polymer for 50 mg DDE/L solution.