Treatment of Turbid Water Collected from Oil Mill Waste (OMW) Using Low Content of Gum Arabic polymer (GA)


  • Fateh Eltaboni Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya.
  • Wafa Alzwy Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya.
  • Haneen Almaadani Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya.



Gum Arabic, Turbidity, Cellulose, Kinetics, Oil mill waste.


Using synthetic polymers in clarifying of turbid wastewater is a very expensive method, in addition to their monomers toxicity produced from the polymerisation reaction. Those drawbacks encouraged several scientists who were interested in eco-friendly sustainable materials to discover an upright replacement to clarify turbid wastewater. The present study introduces Gum Arabic (GA) as a health-friendly natural polymer flocculant, which could be applied in the pre-filtration process of oil mill wastewaters (OMWW) treatment. GA-silica as a model work and GA-OMWW interaction was investigated experimentally by turbidimetric technique and mathematically by GraphPad Prism® software, since plateau followed by one phase decay was a good fit at adding 1250 and 12500 mg of polymer, while one phase decay was selected as a proper fit for 12.5 and 125 mg. Results supposed that the biopolymer improves markedly the sedimentation performance of suspended materials. Digital micrographs agreed with the turbidity results.


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How to Cite

Eltaboni , F., Alzwy, W., & Almaadani, H. (2023). Treatment of Turbid Water Collected from Oil Mill Waste (OMW) Using Low Content of Gum Arabic polymer (GA). Scientific Journal for Faculty of Science-Sirte University, 3(2), 01–08.