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Removal of fluoride from industrial wastewater by using different adsorbents: A review.

Source: Science of The Total Environment 773:145535. | Authors: Wan K, Huang L, Yan J, Ma B, Huang X, Luo Z, Zhang H, Xiao T.
Posted on February 10th, 2021
Location: International
Industry type: Water Treatment


  • Sources of high fluoride industrial wastewater were summarized.
  • Several kinds of adsorbents were reported in this literature.
  • Four methods were put forward to enhance the performance of adsorbents.
  • Some outlooks for removing fluoride from water by adsorption were advised in the future.


Many industries such as iron and steel metallurgy, copper and zinc smelting, the battery industry, and cement manufacturing industries discharge high concentrations of fluoride-containing wastewater into the environment. Subsequently, the discharge of high fluoride effluent serves as a threat to human life as well as the ecological ability to sustain life. This article analyses the advantages and drawbacks of some fluoride remediation technologies such as precipitation and flocculation, membrane technology, ion exchange technology, and adsorption technology. Among them, adsorption technology is considered the obvious choice and the best applicable technology. As such, several adsorbents with high fluoride adsorption capacity such as modified alumina, metal oxides, biomass, carbon-based materials, metal-organic frameworks, and other adsorption materials including their characteristics have been comprehensively summarized. Additionally, different adsorption conditions of the various adsorbents, such as pH, temperature, initial fluoride concentration, and contact time have been discussed in detail. The study found out that the composite synergy between different materials, morphological and structural control, and the strengthening of their functional groups can effectively improve the ability of the adsorbents for removing fluoride. This study has prospected the direction of various adsorbents for removing fluoride in wastewater, which would serve as guiding significance for future research in the field.

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*Original abstract online at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969721006033