International Journal of Advances in Bio-Informatics and Bio-Technology
Author(s) : CHAWIKARN SANTASNACHOK , CHRIS SALIM , HIROFUMI HINODE, WINARTO KURNIAWAN
Rice husk ash (RHA), a solid waste from biomass power plant was used as a raw material to synthesize Na-A and Na-X zeolites. In fact, high silica content inside this material opens a possibility to become a potential zeolite precursor. In this study, a medium particle of RHA has been reused to prepare zeolite with high purity. After segregated by mechanical sieving, the medium particle fraction of RHA was subjected to alkali fusion treatment followed by dissolution and then residue separation to produce clear silicate supernatant as the silica source for preparing the low-silica zeolites. High purity of Na-A and Na-X zeolites were prepared using hydrothermal treatment by optimizing the process condition, curing time, hydrothermal temperature and Si/Al molar ratio in the reaction mixture.