Removal and recovery of phosphate from water using sorption

Paripurnanda Loganathan, Saravanamuthu Vigneswaran, Jaya Kandasamy, Nanthi S. Bolan

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Sorption is an effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly treatment process for the removal of phosphorus from wastewater sources which otherwise can cause eutrophication of receiving waters. Phosphorus in wastewater, if economically recovered, can partly overcome the future scarcity of phosphorus resulting from exhaustion of natural phosphate rock reserves. The authors present a comprehensive and critical review of the literature on the effectiveness of a number of sorbents, especially some novel ones that have recently emerged, in removing and recovering phosphate. Mechanisms and thermodynamics of sorption, as well as regeneration of sorbents for reuse using acids, bases, and salts, are critically examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-907
Number of pages61
JournalCritical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


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