Comparison of the adsorption of Zn(II) on a- and g-MnO2 nanostructures


  • Van Phuc Dinh* Dong Nai University
  • Ngoc Chung Le Dalat University
  • Ngoc Tuan Nguyen Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute
  • Thien Hoang Ho Dong Nai University
  • Van Dong Nguyen University of Science, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh city


In this report, the adsorption of Zn(II) ion on g- and a-MnO2 nanostructures was compared. The results showed that the maximum adsorption was obtained at pH = 4.0 for both materials and after 60 minutes for g-MnO2 and 80 minutes for a-MnO2. Adsorption isotherm models demonstrated that the Langmuir was the best model to describe the adsorption of Zinc(II) on g- and a-MnO2 because of the highest correlation coefficient (R2), the smallest root mean square error (RMSE), and the nonlinear chi-squared test (c2) values. The maximum adsorption capacity of g-MnO2 calculated from Langmuir model was 55.23 mg/g, which was roughly double a-MnO2. The lower 1/n value from Freundlich model for a-MnO2 revealed that it was not as favourable as g-MnO2. The heat of the adsorption as well as the mean free energy estimated from Temkin and Dubinin - Radushkevich models to be less than 8 kJ/mol indicated that the adsorption on both materials followed a physical process. Kinetic studies showed that pseudo-second-order model was accurate to describe both materials in three stages.


adsorption, kinetics, Zinc, a-MnO2, g-MnO2


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Received 11 April 2017; accepted 28 August 2017

How to Cite

Van Phuc Dinh, Ngoc Chung Le, Ngoc Tuan Nguyen, Thien Hoang Ho, & Van Dong Nguyen. (2017). Comparison of the adsorption of Zn(II) on a- and g-MnO2 nanostructures. Vietnam Journal of Science, Technology and Engineering, 59(3), 14-19.



Physical Sciences