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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
ISSN: 0717-3458
Vol. 7, No. 3, 2004, pp. 313-323
Bioline Code: ej04036
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2004, pp. 313-323

 en Studies on the effect of pH on the sorption of Pb2+ and Cd2+ ions from aqueous solutions by Caladium bicolor check for this species in other resources (Wild Cocoyam) biomass
Horsfall, Michael Jnr. & Spiff, Ayebaemi I.


Environmental protection requires the use of natural products instead of chemicals to minimize pollution. This investigation studies the use of a non-useful plant material as naturally occurring biosorbents for the removal of cationic pollutants in wastewater. The effect of pH on the sorption of Pb2+ and Cd2+ ion onto Caladium bicolor check for this species in other resources corm biomass was investigated. The experimental results have been analysed in terms of Langmuir, Freundlich and Flory-Huggins isotherms. The data showed that the maximum pH (pHmax) for efficient sorption of Pb2+ was 7.0 and for Cd2+ 5.0. Evaluation using Langmuir equation gave the monolayer sorption capacity as 88.50 mg/g and 65.50 mg/g at the respective pHmax for Pb2+ and Cd2+. Surface characterization of acid and base treated C. bicolor biomass indicates a physiosorption as the predominant mechanism for the sorption process. The thermodynamic assessment of the metal ion - Caladium bicolor biomass system indicates the feasibility and spontaneous nature of the process.

adsorption, Cocoyam, heavy metals removal, phytoremediation, water treatment.

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