Adsorption of Hexavalent Chromium Ion from Aqueous Solutions on Psyllium Mucilage and Cross-Linked Psyllium Mucilage Beads

Author(s): Deepti Goyal, Anuradha Mishra

Journal Name: Current Environmental Engineering
Continued as Current Environmental Management

Volume 1 , Issue 3 , 2014

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In this paper, the adsorption of Cr(VI) by a natural polysaccharide, psyllium mucilage has been reported by conducting batch-type experiments at 37°C. Psyllium mucilage beads (PPB) were cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (GLA) to improve the chemical resistance and mechanical properties of beads. PPB and crosslinked (PPB-GLA) were characterized by FTIR (Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy). The adsorption rate and capacity of both adsorbents, PPB and PPB-GLA were measured. Adsorption experiments using AAS (Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy) were done at varying concentrations of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)), amount of PPB and PPB-GLA, time and pH. Adsorption of Cr(VI) was highly dependent on pH of the medium. One gram of PPB-GLA adsorbed 456 mg of chromium at pH 3. Cr(VI) adsorption has also been confirmed by EDAX (Energy Dispersion Analysis by X-ray) and DRUV (Diffuse reflectance UV-VIS) analysis. Equilibrium data correlated with the Langmuir model and kinetic experimental data fitted with the second-order kinetics.

Keywords: Adsorption isotherms, adsorption kinetics, chromium removal, green materials beads, psyllium.

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Year: 2014
Published on: 22 May, 2015
Page: [191 - 198]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/221271780103150522163248
Price: $58

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