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Fixed-bed adsorption of metal ions from aqueous solution on polyethyleneimine-impregnated palm shell activated carbon

Yin, C-Y, Aroua, M.K. and Daud, W.M.A.W. (2009) Fixed-bed adsorption of metal ions from aqueous solution on polyethyleneimine-impregnated palm shell activated carbon. Chemical Engineering Journal, 148 (1). pp. 8-14.

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Abstract

Fixed-bed adsorption studies with virgin and polyethyleneimine (PEI)-impregnated palm shell activated carbon (AC) as a media for the removal of single Ni2+ or Cu2+ ions from aqueous solution were conducted. The studies were conducted in a vertical down flow Perspex column with influent pH at 5 with either Ni2+ or Cu2+ had an influent concentration of 1 mmol/L. The adsorption data were fitted to three-well-established fixed-bed adsorption models, namely, bed-depth-service-time (BDST), Thomas and Yoon–Nelson models. It was observed that PEI impregnation at 8.41 wt% had increased the breakthrough volume and service time of AC by factors of 2.1 (Cu2+) and 1.6 (Ni2+) as compared to virgin AC. For Cu2+ adsorption, the modelled BDST, Thomas and Yoon–Nelson curves were in very good agreement with the experimental curves while it was conversely true for Ni2+ adsorption.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: 2008 Elsevier B.V.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5289
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