A study on arsenic adsorption on polymetallic sea nodule in aqueous medium

Maity, S and Chakravarty, S and Bhattacharjee, S and Roy, B C (2005) A study on arsenic adsorption on polymetallic sea nodule in aqueous medium. Water Research, 39 (12). pp. 2579-2590.

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A detailed study on As(III) and As(V) adsorption on polymetallic sea nodule in aqueous medium has been reported. Elemental composition of sea nodule comprises primarily, iron, manganese and silicon with trace quantities of aluminium, copper, cobalt and nickel. As(V) adsorption on sea nodule is dependent on pH while As(III) is insensitive to it. Adsorption data broadly follow Langmuir isotherm. Kinetic data follow a pseudo-second-order model for both As(III) and As(V). Arsenic loading on sea nodule is dependent on initial arsenic concentration. Optimum As(III) loading is 0.74 mg/g at 0.34 mg/L and for As(V) it is 0.74 mg/g at 0.78 mg/L. As(III) adsorption is broadly independent of ionic environment. Except for PO43−, As(III) adsorption is not influenced by anions but cations influence it significantly. As(V) adsorption, on the other hand, is influenced by anions and not by cations. Experimental evidence indicates an inner sphere complex for As(III) and partial inner and partial outer sphere complex for As(V). Both As(III) and As(V) adsorptions are marked with very little desorption in the pH range of 2–10. Sea nodule can speciate As(III) and As(V) in groundwater at or above pH 6. Sea nodule was successfully tested as an adsorbent for the removal of arsenic from six contaminated groundwater samples of West Bengal, India, containing arsenic in the range 0.04–0.18 mg/L.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2005.04.054
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adsorption; As(III); As(V); Sea nodule; Aqueous medium
Divisions:Corrosion and Surface Engineering
ID Code:574
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:01 Jun 2010 14:58
Last Modified:09 Jan 2012 11:39
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