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Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces. 2009 Jul 1;71(2):248-54. doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2009.02.016. Epub 2009 Mar 3.

Biosorption of lead from aqueous solution by seed powder of Strychnos potatorum L.

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Department of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad , Hyderabad-500046, Andhra Pradesh, India.


In the present study, Pb(II) removal efficiency of Strychnos potatorum seed powder (SPSP) from aqueous solution has been investigated. Batch mode adsorption experiments have been conducted by varying pH, contact time, adsorbent dose and Pb(II) concentration. Pb(II) removal was pH dependent and found to be maximum at pH 5.0. The maximum removal of Pb(II) was achieved within 360 min. The Lagergren first-order model was less applicable than pseudo-second-order reaction model. The equilibrium adsorption data was fitted to Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherm models to evaluate the model parameters. Both models represented the experimental data satisfactorily. The monolayer adsorption capacities of SPSP as obtained from Langmuir isotherm was found to be 16.420 mg/g. The FTIR study revealed the presence of various functional groups which are responsible for the adsorption process.

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