Biosorption of chromium(VI) ion from aqueous solutions using walnut, hazelnut and almond shell

Erol Pehlivan, Türkan Altun
Journal of Hazardous Materials 2008 June 30, 155 (1): 378-84
The potential to remove Cr(VI) ion from aqueous solutions through biosorption using, the shells of Walnut (WNS) (Juglans regia), Hazelnut (HNS) (Corylus avellana) and Almond (AS) (Prunus dulcis) was investigated in batch experiments. The equilibrium adsorption level was determined to be a function of the solution contact time and concentration. Kinetic experiments revealed that the dilute chromium solutions reached equilibrium within 100 min. The biosorptive capacity of the shells was dependent on the pH of the chromium solution, with pH 3.5 being optimal. Adsorption of Cr(VI) ion uptake is in all cases pH-dependent showing a maximum at equilibrium pH values between 2.0 and 3.5, depending on the biomaterial, that correspond to equilibrium pH values of 3.5 for (WNS), 3.5 for (HNS) and 3.2 for (AS). The adsorption data fit well with the Langmuir isotherm model. The sorption process conformed to the Langmuir isotherm with maximum Cr(VI) ion sorption capacities of 8.01, 8.28, and 3.40 mg/g for WNS, HNS and AS, respectively. Percentage removal by WNS, HNS and AS was 85.32, 88.46 and 55.00%, respectively at a concentration of 0.5 mM. HNS presented the highest adsorption capacities for the Cr(VI) ion.

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