Removal of lead from contaminated water bodies using sea nodule as an adsorbent

Bhattacharjee, S and Chakravarty, S and Maity, S and Kar, S and Thakur, P and Bhattacharyya, G (2003) Removal of lead from contaminated water bodies using sea nodule as an adsorbent. Water Research, 37 (16). pp. 3954-3966.

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Adsorption of water soluble lead on polymetallic sea nodule has been studied in detail. Complete decontamination of lead is possible by appropriate sea nodule dosing. Adsorption is also dependent on pH and best adsorption is achieved at pH 6. Beyond pH 6, the desorption of lead from sea nodule surface is practically zero. Residual metal concentrations in the filtrate after adsorption is negligible. Both Freundlich and Langmuir isotherms may reasonably explain adsorption of lead on sea nodule. Chemically bound moisture plays a very crucial role in lead adsorption. Lead adsorptive capability of sea nodule is practically destroyed when calcined at a temperature of 900°C. Lead loading capacity of sea nodule has been estimated at 440 mg of lead per gram of sea nodule. The performance of sea nodule as a lead adsorbent has been successfully tested over six simulated lead contaminated water systems. Lead loading capacity of sea nodule compares favorably with other adsorbents like activated carbon, ion exchange resin, anionic clay, granulated blast furnace slag and natural and treated zeolites.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Adsorption; Lead; Sea nodule; Chemically bound moisture; pHZPC
Divisions:Corrosion and Surface Engineering
ID Code:545
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:18 May 2010 10:21
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