Mercury is one of the most toxic heavy metals present in the environment and therefore is extremely important develop new, simple and reliable techniques for its removal from aqueous solutions. A recent line of research within this context is the application of microporous materials. The use of these materials for removing heavy metals from solutions may become a potential clean-up technology in the field of wastewater treatment. In this work it is reported the application of microporous titanosilicate ETS-4 as ion exchanger to remove Hg2+ from aqueous solution. Under batch conditions, we studied the effect of contact time, titanosilicate mass and initial Hg2+ concentration. Only 5 mg of ETS-4 are required to purify 2 litres of water with 50 μg L−1 of metal. Under the experimental conditions, the initial Hg2+ concentration and ETS-4 mass have strong influence on the sorption process, and it is proved that 24 h are almost always sufficient to attain ion exchange equilibrium. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms were used to fit equilibrium experimental results. The kinetics of mercury removal was reliably described by a pseudo second-order model. On the whole, ETS-4 shows considerable potential to remove Hg2+ from wastewaters.

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