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Iranian Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering

Year: 2007  |  Volume: 4  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 139 - 146

SORPTION AND DESORPTION STUDIES OF METALLIC ZINC ON AN ALLUVIAL SOIL

R. P. Tiwari, P. Bala Ramudu, R. K. Srivastava and M. K. Gupta

Abstract

The sorption of metallic zinc from the pH-adjusted aqueous solution at varying initial concentrations onto a clay soil through batch equilibrium experiments has been studied. The pH of the initial concentrations ranging between 50 mg/L to 250 mg/L has been varied from 3 to 7. The sorption data fitted very well with both Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models and Freundlich model gave higher correlation coefficients. The maximum sorption of metallic zinc occurred at pH=6. The pseudo-second order kinetics model was most agreeable with the experimental sorption data, whereas the pseudo-first order model was found to be insufficient. A nonionic surfactant was tested for its desorption potential and was found to be fairly effective at 2% concentration with removal of more than 60% sorbed Zinc.

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