The goal of this work was to utilize rice husk silica (RHS) and porous materials synthesized with RHS, including mesoporous material (MCM-41) and microporous materials (zeolite NaY and NaBEA), for adsorption of herbicide paraquat. The adsorption occurred although cation exchange and the capacity decreased in the following order: NaY > NaBEA > MCM-41 > RHS, consistent with the amount of Al. The adsorption on all adsorbents fitted well with the Langmuir model and the maximum adsorption capacity of 185.2 mg/g-adsorbent was obtained on NaY. In addition, blue dye in commercial grade paraquat did not interfere with paraquat adsorption. Although MCM-41 was the most efficient adsorbent for the blue dye, RHS was favorable in terms of production cost. A mixture of NaY and RHS is recommended for simultaneous adsorption of paraquat and blue dye.

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