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Flexible PVC-Silica composites as an adsorptive material for water soluble dyes
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Methylene Blue (MB) adsorption studies were performed on flexible Polyvinyl Chloride/Silica composites which were obtained by using plastisol-plastigel technology. Change of MB concentration in aqueous phase as the adsorption process advanced was followed by using visible spectroscopy. The diffusion of MB through the composites exhibited non-Fickian behavior with a diffusivity of 10-11 m2s-1. Making use of such PVC-silica composite sheets as column packing, the packing time will be reduced and the surface available for diffusion will be increased. © 2013 Smithers Rapra Technology.