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J Hazard Mater. 2005 Oct 17;125(1-3):147-53.

Comparison of Pb(II) uptake by coir and dye loaded coir fibres in a fixed bed column.

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  • 1Department of Fibres and Textile Processing Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai, Matunga, Mumbai 400 019, India.


The possibility of adsorbing Pb(II) from solution using coir, a cheap lignocellulosic fibre, was assessed in a fixed bed column. The coir fibres were also chemically modified by covalent loading of a reactive dye, C.I. Reactive Orange 13, and used as adsorbent. Column adsorption studies were carried out at different initial Pb(II) concentrations and it was observed that the breakthrough time decreased with increase in the initial Pb(II) concentration. The column packed with dye loaded coir fibres was operated for longer duration than the one packed with unmodified coir fibres. The total Pb(II) adsorbed was also higher in a column packed with dye loaded coir fibres. The desorption level in the fixed bed column packed with coir fibres was of the order of 85%, whereas the one packed with dye loaded coir fibres was more than 90%. Both the columns were regenerated and used upto five cycles.

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