Determination of the mechanism of sorption of Cu2+ ions to hydrolyzed fibroin






Hydrolyzed fibroin (“HF”), sorption, IR spectroscopy, silk, coordinate bond


We were able to obtain hydrolyzed fibroin with sorbing properties from fibrous silk waste. We determined the mechanism of sorption of Cu2+ ions into hydrolyzed fibroin using the Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherm. Physical sorption of Cu2+ ions to hydrolyzed fibroin has been shown to be predominant. However, it has been observed that the colour of hydrolyzed fibroin, which sorbs Cu2+ ions, changes to yellow over time. Analysis of the yellowed sample by IR spectroscopy showed that Cu2+ ions formed a coordinate bond with the hydrolyzed fibroin.




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