Preparation and characterization of chitosan extracted from shrimp shells waste and chitosan film: application for Eriochrome black T removal from aqueous solutions

Nacer Boudouaia, Zohra Bengharez*, Salah Jellali

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In this paper, chitosan (CS) was successfully extracted from shrimp shells waste at two deacetylation temperatures (90 °C and 40 °C). The obtained chitosan at 90 °C showed better physicochemical properties compared to the one prepared at 40 °C with a degree of deacetylation DA = 88%, molecular weight M = 353 KDa, viscosity η = 0.469 dL/g and pKa = 6.49, and its structure was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. The extracted CS was utilized as a film for the adsorption of Eriochrome black T (EBT) dye from aqueous solutions under various experimental conditions. Experimental results showed that the synthesized film exhibited excellent adsorption ability for EBT with an adsorption capacity of 413 mg/g at pH 4.66 for an initial dye concentration of 200 mg/L at 20 °C. The kinetics of adsorption were found to be of pseudo-second order with a high coefficient of determination (R2 = 0.9999). Furthermore, the thermodynamic analysis revealed that the adsorption of EBT dye was an endothermic and spontaneous process. Freundlich model fitted well to the experimental data, the numerical value of n = 1.064 indicates that adsorption of EBT onto CS film is favorable. All these results confirm that chitosan-based films prepared from shrimp shells waste could be considered as promising materials for dye removal and as alternatives to expensive adsorbents.

Original languageEnglish
Article number91
JournalApplied Water Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption study
  • Chitosan
  • Deacetylation
  • Eriochrome black T
  • Extraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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