Application of the extended DLVO approach to mechanistically study the algal flocculation

Reginah Nabweteme, Mi Yoo, Hyuk Sung Kwon, Youn Joong Kim, Geelsu Hwang, Chang Ha Lee, Ik Sung Ahn

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The extended DLVO theory was applied to study the mechanism of algal flocculation with clays. Montmorillonite-K10, montmorillonite-KSF, kaolinite, and loess were used as the model clays whereas Microcystis sp. and Prorocentrum minimum were used as the model freshwater algae and marine algae, respectively. Montmorillonite-KSF showed the highest flocculation efficiency not only for Microcystis sp. especially at pH 7 but also for P. minimum. From the application of the extended DLVO theory, the electrostatic and the Lewis acid-base interactions were found to be the dominant mechanisms for the flocculation of Microcystis sp. in freshwater and P. minimum in seawater, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-294
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 25

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© 2015 The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.

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  • General Chemical Engineering


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