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Efficiency of Removal of Lead, Cadmium, Copper and Zinc from Aqueous Solutions Using Six Common Types of Plant Leaves

Rajab Abu-El-Halawa , Rami Quora and Radi Salim
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Dry plant leaves of thyme, sage, banana, mint, anise and oleander plants have been used for removing lead, cadmium, cooper and zinc ions for aqueous solutions. The most efficient types of plant leaves for the removal process have been found to be oleander leaves for removing lead and copper and sage leaves for removing dmium and zinc. The maximum efficiency of removal of the studied metal ions by plant leaves was equal to that obtained by activated carbon. The concentration of metal ion in solution has been found to have only slight effect on the efficiency of the removal process. Oven-dried leaves have a little higher efficiency removal of metal ions than naturally dried leaves.

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Rajab Abu-El-Halawa , Rami Quora and Radi Salim , 2003. Efficiency of Removal of Lead, Cadmium, Copper and Zinc from Aqueous Solutions Using Six Common Types of Plant Leaves. Journal of Applied Sciences, 3: 79-84.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2003.79.84


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