Investigation of the removal of Ni(II) from aqueous solution using pomelo fruit peel
Keywords:biosorption, isotherm models, Ni(II), pomelo fruit peel
Pomelo fruit peel, an organic waste, was utilised as a biosorbent to remove Ni(II) from aqueous solutions. Some major factors influencing Ni(II) uptake such as pH, adsorption time, and initial Ni(II) concentration were examined. Several isotherm and kinetic models including the Langmuir, Freundlich, Sips, pseudo-first-order, pseudo-secondorder, and intra-diffusion models were fit to the experimental data. Results showed that the Ni(II) uptake obtained an equilibrium at pH=6 after 80 min at 303 K. The Sips isotherm model described the Ni(II) adsorption better than other models and the monoadsorption capacity calculated from the Langmuir model was 9.67 mg/g. The adsorption of Ni(II) followed pseudo-second-order kinetic models with three stages.
Received 8 September 2020; accepted 4 December 2020
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