Application of Polymer-Natural Clay Composite in WaterTreatment

  • Maurice Onyango Tshwane University of Technology
  • Sandrine Mbakop Tshwane University of Technology
  • T Y Leswifi Vaal University of Technology


A number of water sources contain contaminants which are hazardous to health and environment. Several treatment technologies have been employed for the remediation of contaminated water sources, withadsorption as the favored method based on its effectiveness, ease of operation and efficiency. This study evaluates the performance of polymer-natural clay composites as robust materials for multi-contaminants removal from water. More specifically, a detailed analysis of polypyrrole-montmorillonite composite performance in hexavalentchromium removal is provided. A number of water qualityparameters and process variables such as flow rate and bed depth are considered. Results indicate that water quality parameters and flow dynamics have profound effect on performance. Indications are that polymer-natural clay composites are competitive materials for water quality improvement.
Jun 13, 2016
How to Cite
ONYANGO, Maurice; MBAKOP, Sandrine; LESWIFI, T Y. Application of Polymer-Natural Clay Composite in WaterTreatment. Proceedings of Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference, [S.l.], p. 167-173, june 2016. ISSN 2079-6226. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 june 2018.


contaminants; natural clay; water quality; treatment technologies.