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Bioresour Technol. 2001 Oct;80(1):87-9.

Removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution by adsorption onto activated carbon.

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  • 1Department of Environmental Sciences, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.


Activated carbon (AC) prepared from coconut tree sawdust was used as an adsorbent for the removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution. Batch mode adsorption studies were carried out by varying agitation time, initial Cr(VI) concentration, carbon concentration and pH. Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms were applied to model the adsorption data. Adsorption capacity was calculated from the Langmuir isotherm and was 3.46 mg/g at an initial pH of 3.0 for the particle size 125-250 microm. The adsorption of Cr(VI) was pH dependent and maximum removal was observed in the acidic pH range. Desorption studies were carried out using 0.01-1 M NaOH solutions.

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