Clean drinking water paves way to a healthy human race. The key solution to this problem is to develop an efficient and cost effective purifying technology using natural and modified adsorbents. Chitosan, a biodegradable polymer can be used as a stand alone membrane. Chitosan and nylon 6-synthetic polymer blend and chitosan and clay-natural polymer blend, have been attempted in the present study to regenerate water from industrial wastewater effluent. As adsorbent for the removal of heavy metals from water, biopolymers have been studied. In the present study, chitosan was blended with clay membrane and was used in removing copper and cadmium from synthetic industrial wastewater. Attentions was focused on the spectroscopic properties of chitosan-nylon 6, chitosan-clay membranes and were compared. This is to understand the various interactions of the groups in clay, which are not present in nylon 6. The polymer blends were synthesized and characterized using FT-IR, XRD and TGA/DTA. The results showed that the polymer blends possess antibacterial property in addition to being good adsorbents. Results are presented and discussed.
Chitosan, Clay, Nylon 6, Antimicrobial activity