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Iranian Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 4  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 191 - 196

ADSORPTION OF CHROMIUM FROM WASTEWATER BY PLATANUS ORIENTALIS LEAVES

A. H. Mahvi, R. Nabizadeh, F. Gholami and A. Khairi    

Abstract: The Cr (VI) adsorption characteristics of platanus orientalis leaves and their ash were examined as a function of contact time, initial pH and metal ion concentration. Batch adsorption experiments were performed. The effects of Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+ and K2+ on adsorption were studied. The effect of this adsorbent on COD in wastewater showed that 2g/L of adsorbent caused increase of 110mg/L and 76mg/L COD in deionized water in 120 minutes for platanus orientalis leaves and their ash , respectively. The maximum removal took place in the pH range of 6-7, contact time of 60 minutes and initial concentration of 2mg/L. Studies showed that the Freundlich adsorption model better fitted with the results than Langmuir with R2 > 0.85. The study showed platanus orientalis leaves ash was more favorable than living ones as well as in removing chromium from the aqueous solution.

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