Graphene based adsorbents for remediation of noxious pollutants from wastewater

Imran Ali, Al Arsh Basheer, X. Y. Mbianda, Alexander Burakov, Evgeny Galunin, Irina Burakova, Elina Mkrtchyan, Alexey Tkachev, Vladimir Grachev

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The contamination of water resources with noxious pollutants is a serious issue. Many aquatic systems are contaminated with different toxic inorganic and organic species; coming to wastewater from various anthropogenic sources such as industries, agriculture, mining, and domestic households. Keeping in view of this, wastewater treatment appears to the main environmental challenge. Adsorption is one of the most efficient techniques for removing all most all types of pollutants i.e. inorganics and organics. Nowadays, graphene and its composite materials are gaining importance as nano adsorbents. Graphene; a two-dimensional nanomaterial having single-atom graphite layer; has attracted a great interest in many application areas (including wastewater treatment) due to its unique physico-chemical properties. The present paper is focused on the remediation of noxious wastes from wastewater using graphene based materials as adsorbents, and it contains all the details on materials – i.e., from their synthesis to application in the field of wastewater treatment (removal of hazardous contaminants of different chemical nature - heavy and rare-earth metal ions, and organic compounds - from wastewater effluents. The efficiency of the adsorption and desorption of these substances is considered. Certainly, this article will be useful for nano environmentalist to design future experiments for water treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-180
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironment International
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • Graphene and graphene oxide
  • Graphene composite materials
  • Heavy and rare earth metals
  • Organic pollutants
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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