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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 20, No. 4, 2016, pp. 1163-1176
Bioline Code: ja16126
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2016, pp. 1163-1176

 en Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) Attenuation of Methyl Red in Water using Biocarbons obtained from Nipa Palm Leaves


Attenuation of methyl red dyestuff in water was assessed by COD reduction after contacting the solution with biocarbons produced by one-pot pyrolysis of sopping Nipa palm leaf biomass in H2O (physically-modified biocarbon: PMB), H3PO4 (acid-modified biocarbon: AMB) and KOH (base-modified biocarbon: BMB). Physicochemical characterization of the biocarbons were investigated and the result for BMB were carbon yield (46.6 ± 0.21 %), porosity (79%), iodine number (814 mg/g), surface area (681 m2/g) and pH (6.41 ± 0.11 to 7.81 ± 0.12). Optimal COD reduction for methyl red in water by PMB, AMB, BMB compared with CAC were 82.7%, 76.7 %, 83.5 %, and 93.3 % respectively. Langmuir isotherm model was used to predict the maximum COD reduction capacity of the biocarbons and CAC (PMB: 2.15 mg/g, AMB: 8.73 mg/g, BMB: 11.83 mg/g and CAC: 62.60 mg/g). Thermodynamic assessment of the data based on Gibb’s free energy (ΔG°) revealed that ΔGo values were negative (- 1.31 to - 5.89 kJ/mol) and relatively low (<< -20 kJ/mol), which indicated spontaneous nature requiring minimal energy. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) performed to validate the COD degradation capacity for methyl red in water amongst the biocarbons revealed no significant difference (p > 0.05). Conclusively, Nipa palm could be a favorable source to derive eco-friendly and locally accessible biocarbon for mitigation of organic contaminants in water.

Chemical oxygen demand; biocarbon; methyl red; biodegradation; bioremediation; Nipa palm

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