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J Hazard Mater. 2008 Feb 11;150(3):703-12. Epub 2007 May 13.

Methylene blue biosorption from aqueous solutions by yellow passion fruit waste.

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  • 1Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS, Av. Bento Gonçalves 9500, Caixa Postal 15003, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.


The yellow passion fruit (Passiflora edulis Sims. f. flavicarpa Degener) (YPFW) a powdered solid waste, was tested as biosorbent for the removal of a cationic dye, methylene blue (MB), from aqueous solutions. Adsorption of MB onto this low-cost natural adsorbent was studied by batch adsorption at 25 degrees C. The effects of shaking time, biosorbent dosage and pH on adsorption capacity were studied. In alkaline pH region the adsorption of MB was favorable. The contact time required to obtain the maximum adsorption was 48 h at 25 degrees C. Four kinetic models were tested, being the adsorption kinetics better fitted to pseudo-first order and ion exchange kinetic models. The ion exchange and pseudo-first order constant rates were 0.05594 and 0.05455 h(-1), respectively. The equilibrium data were fitted to Langmuir, Freundlich, Sips and Redlich-Peterson isotherm models. Taking into account the analysis of the normal distribution of the residuals (difference of q(measured)-q(model)), the data were best fitted to Sips isotherm model. The maximum amount of MB adsorbed on YPFW biosorbent was 44.70 mg g(-1).

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