Removal of copper ions from aqueous solutions by hazelnut shell

Ozkan Demirbaş, Adem Karadağ, Mahir Alkan, Mehmet Doğan
Journal of Hazardous Materials 2008 May 1, 153 (1): 677-84
There is a great potential of woody hazelnut shell to use in some applications. Sorption studies are one of these. For this reason in this paper, batch adsorption of Cu(2+) ions onto hazelnut shells was studied. The capacity of the adsorption for the removal of copper ions from aqueous solution was investigated under different conditions such as solution contact time (1-360 min), particle size (0-75, 75-150 and 150-200 microm), temperature of solution (25-60 degrees ) and solution pH (3-7). Moreover, zeta potential of particles at different initial pHs (2-10) was measured. The equilibrium data were processed according to Langmuir and Freundlich's models and higher adsorption capacity values towards Cu(2+) ions were shown. The adsorption kinetics was investigated and the best fit was achieved by a second-order equation.

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