Smart Energy and Sustainable Environment , ISSN 2668-957X
2020, Volume 23, Issue 2
Pages 71-80

SBA-16 mesoporous nanosilica: synthesis, characterization and sorption properties

Violeta Niculescu * , Marius Constantinescu , Felicia Bucura , Daniela Ion-Ebrasu , Amalia Soare

National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICSI Rm. Valcea, Uzinei Street no. 4, PO Box Râureni 7, 240050, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania

*Corresponding author: Violeta Niculescu, E-mail:

Received 21 September 2020; Received in revised form 09 October 2020; Accepted 09 October 2020; Available online 03 November 2020


Dyes are intensively used in industries such as textiles, plastics, cosmetics, etc., and they are considered major wastes. Due to their chemical structures, dyes are resistant on exposure to sun or water, therefore being difficult to be removed once released into the aquatic environment, having serious environmental impact. Among these dyes, rhodamine is a fluorescent dye. The mesoporous SBA-16 nanosilica has been synthesized by sol−gel process. The rhodamine 110 adsorption process on SBA-16 was explained by Langmuir and Henry isotherm models. The excellent adsorption and fluorescence properties reduction indicated that the mesoporous silica can be efficiently applied in the wastewater treatment.


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  • Keywords

    Adsorption, environment, dye, mesoporous silica.

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