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IJCEA 2014 Vol.5(2): 100-103 ISSN: 2010-0221
DOI: 10.7763/IJCEA.2014.V5.359

Decolorization of Low Molecular Compounds of Seaweed by Using Activated Carbon

S. M. Anisuzzaman, Awang Bono, Duduku Krishnaiah, and Norazwinah Azreen Hussin
Abstract—Commercially available carrageenan powder which is extracted from seaweed possesses yellowish color and off-odor that deter their usage in human food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The objective of this study was to investigate of decolorization of low molecular compounds of seaweed using activated carbon (AC). The effects of changes on AC dosage, temperature and contact time were investigated. The effect of color concentration was analysed using Hunter Laboratories ColorFlex® Colorimeter. Colors were measured in reflectance mode using the Hunter L a b system, with D65 as the illuminant and a 10º standard observer angle. It was observed that an increase in activated carbon dosage decreases color. UV VIS Spectrophotometer was used to investigate whether adsorbed sample gives an effect to the molecular compounds before and after AC addition. In conclusion, the treatment using AC gives complete decolorization of carrageenan solution. This study also confirms contact time not really affected on bleaching process.

Index Terms—Seaweed, carrageenan, semi refined carrageenan, adsorption, activated carbon.

S. M. Anisuzzaman , Awang Bono, and Duduku Krishnaiah are with the School of Engineering and Information Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia (tel.: 088-320000; e-mail: anis_zaman@umsedu.my, bono@ums.edu.my, krishna@ums.edu.my).
Norazwinah Azreen Hussin was with the Universiti Malaysia Sabah. She is now with the School of Engineering and Information Technology, Malaysia (e-mail: azwienah@yahoo.com).

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Cite:S. M. Anisuzzaman, Awang Bono, Duduku Krishnaiah, and Norazwinah Azreen Hussin, "Decolorization of Low Molecular Compounds of Seaweed by Using Activated Carbon," International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications vol. 5, no. 2 pp. 100-103, 2014.

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