The present work investigates the removal of Cu(II) from aqueous solution by adsorption on to Acacia nilotica seed pods chemically activated using ZnCl2 (ANZ). Batch mode experiments of Cu(II) ions (ANZC) as a function of pH (2.0–10.0), agitation time (0–120 m), adsorbent dosage (0.2–1.0 g/L), and initial concentration (25–200 mg/L) on the adsorption capacity have been studied at room temperature. Comparative adsorption of Cu(II) by the adsorbent ANZ in the binary system (70–44.44 % ≈ Cu–Ni, 75–42.85 % ≈ Cu–Cr) and ternary system (80–60 % ≈ Cu–Ni–Cr) shows that the uptake of one metal ion was decreased by the presence of other metal ions. Analyses of SEM, XRD, and FTIR were carried out before and after adsorption to explore the number and position of the functional group available for copper binding on to the adsorbent. and the changes in surface morphology and elemental constitution of the adsorbent. The single component equilibrium data were analysed using various adsorption isotherms. Batch adsorption studies have been described by using kinetic equations.
Research on Chemical Intermediates – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 27, 2013
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