Polymer-supported hydrated iron(III) oxide (PHIO) was successfully applied as adsorbent for arsenic removal in a wastewater treatment plant in Nandan, China. The practical PHIO adsorbent samples (PHIO-P) were collected from the adsorption column of the wastewater treatment plant, and desorption experiments of the adsorbent were carried out. Our results showed that the formation of precipitates on the surface of PHIO-P might block the porous channel of the adsorbent and decrease its arsenic adsorption capacity. In the dynamic arsenic desorption experiment, the arsenic desorption equilibrium was achieved more quickly at decreasing desorption velocity, and higher arsenic desorption efficiency was obtained at increasing NaOH concentration in regenerant. It was found that the PHIO-P adsorbent could be well regenerated at 1.0 M NaOH solution and desorption velocity of 5 BV h−1. Comparing with the raw adsorbent, the maximum arsenic adsorption capacity of PHIO-P decreased by 41.1% after practical running for 26 months. Additionally, the frequently used waste PHIO adsorbent could be treated as non-hazardous material in the arsenic-containing wastewater treatment process after long-time use.

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