Title: Synthesis, characterisation and application of quaternised pectin as flocculant in wastewater treatment

Authors: Lem Khe Sin; Mohd Firdaus Bin Yhaya; Amir Talebi; Norli Ismail

Addresses: School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia ' Biomaterial and 3D Imaging (BioM3D) Laboratory, School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, Kubang Kerian, 16150 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia ' School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia ' School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Abstract: Citrus pectin is modified by quaternisation and named with quaternised pectin (QP) to enhance the flocculating efficiency of pectin. QP was characterised by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), gel permeable chromatography (GPC) and zeta potential. The results of QP characterisation revealed that functional groups are hydroxyl, carboxyl and amino group, the molecular weight is 380,188 Da, and zeta potential is in range of 24.68 to 33.95 mV. Jar test was used to evaluate the coagulation-flocculation properties of QP with the prior addition of ferric chloride as a coagulant. Three factors (pH, [FeCl3] (mg/L) and [QP] (mg/L)) were found essential for the removal of turbidity, suspended solids (SS), chemical oxygen demand (COD) and colour of anaerobic-aerobic treated palm oil mill effluent (AATPOME). Response surface methodology (RSM) was used for optimisation, and the results of central composite design (CCD) for the optimum conditions were pH 5, the dosage of FeCl3 at 927 mg/L, and the dosage of QP at 6.4 mg/L.

Keywords: wastewater treatment; pectin; natural polymer; flocculation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEE.2020.107427

International Journal of Environmental Engineering, 2020 Vol.10 No.3, pp.243 - 262

Received: 29 Oct 2018
Accepted: 14 Nov 2019

Published online: 20 May 2020 *

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