Removal of Fe(III) using a polystyrene anchored Schiff base

Research paper by Girish Kumar Krishnapillai, Saji John Konnully

Indexed on: 01 Aug '06Published on: 01 Aug '06Published in: Environmental Chemistry Letters


Salicylaldehyde Schiff base of amino-methylated polystyrene has been developed as a novel reagent for the removal of Fe(III) from solutions. The selectivity of the metal ion uptake over a wide range of different concentrations of metal ion, effect of pH, ligand concentration and the influence of other foreign ions were studied. A very good selectivity was achieved for the removal of the ion. It was found that 0.01 g of the ligand was sufficient to achieve about 96% removal of the metal ion in terms of concentration (ppm) from a 30 ppm solution in acidic pH.