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Enhanced adsorption of metal ions onto polyethyleneimine-impregnated palm shell activated carbon: Equilibrium studies

Yin, C-Y, Aroua, M.K. and Daud, W.M.A.W. (2008) Enhanced adsorption of metal ions onto polyethyleneimine-impregnated palm shell activated carbon: Equilibrium studies. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 192 (1-4). pp. 337-348.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11270-008-9660-9
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Abstract

In this study, palm shell activated carbon was impregnated with polyethyleneimine (PEI) and the effect of impregnation on batch adsorption of Ni2+, Cd2+or Pb2+ as well as the equilibrium behavior of adsorption of metal ions on PEI-impregnated AC were investigated. PEI impregnation evidently increased the single metal adsorption capacities of Ni2+ or Cd2+except for Pb2+, where its adsorption capacities were reduced by 16.67% and 19.55% for initial solution pH of 3 and 5 respectively. This suggested that PEI-impregnated AC could be used for selective separation of Pb2+ ions from other metal ions. The adsorption data of all the metal ions on both virgin and PEI-impregnated AC for both initial solution pH of 3 and 5 generally fitted the Langmuir and Redlich-Peterson isotherms considerably better than the Freundlich isotherm.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Copyright: 2008 Springer Science and Business Media B.V.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5301
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