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  1. Simultaneous removal of nitrate and heavy metals by iron metal*

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    Hao, Zhi-wei; Xu, Xin-Hua; JIN, JIAN; He, Ping; Liu, Yong; Wang, Da-Hui

    2005-01-01

    Great attention should be paid now to simultaneously removing common pollutants, especially inorganic pollutants such as nitrate and heavy metals, as individual removal has been investigated extensively. Removing common pollutants simultaneously by iron metal is a very effective alternative method. Near neutral pH, heavy metals, such as copper and nickel, can be removed rapidly by iron metal, while nitrate removal very much slower than that of copper and nickel, and copper can accelerate nitr...

  2. MICROBIAL REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS FROM WASTEWATER

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    Justyna Koc-Jurczyk

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Industrialization and urbanization result in increase of heavy metals released into the environment (soil, lakes, rivers, seas, oceans, groundwater. Studies on biosorption of heavy metals are aimed to specify types of microorganisms which could efficiently bind metals. This approach has a very important significance for both slowing down metals exploitation by recovery, and also reduction of environmental pollution by decrease of their excessive concentration. Recent studies have reported about the capabilities of fungi, algae, yeasts, bacteria, waste and agricultural residues or materials containing chitosan derived from crustacean shells as a biosorbents. Biohydrometallurgy could be considered as a new “green” technology of heavy metals removal from wastewater.

  3. Heavy Metals Removal by Biosorption and Flotation

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    Matis, K.A.; ?????, ?.?.; Zouboulis, A.I.; Lazaridis, N.K.; ??????????, ?.?; ?????????, ?.?.

    2009-01-01

    The removal of a mixture of heavy (toxic) metal cations (copper, nickel and zinc) from liquid effluents was investigated in this study at pilot scale, using counter-current contact mode. The innovative process involved the abstraction of metal ions onto fungal biosorbents, followed by the application of flotation for the subsequent solid/liquid separation of biomass particles. The ability of microorganisms to remove metal ions from aqueous solutions is a well-known phenomenon. Nevertheless, e...

  4. Heavy metal removal from sediments by biosurfactants.

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    Mulligan, C N; Yong, R N; Gibbs, B F

    2001-07-30

    Batch washing experiments were used to evaluate the feasibility of using biosurfactants for the removal of heavy metals from sediments. Surfactin from Bacillus subtilis, rhamnolipids from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and sophorolipid from Torulopsis bombicola were evaluated using a metal-contaminated sediment (110mg/kg copper and 3300mg/kg zinc). A single washing with 0.5% rhamnolipid removed 65% of the copper and 18% of the zinc, whereas 4% sophorolipid removed 25% of the copper and 60% of the zinc. Surfactin was less effective, removing 15% of the copper and 6% of the zinc. The technique of ultrafiltration and zeta potential measurements were used to determine the mechanism of metal removal by the surfactants. It was then postulated that metal removal by the biosurfactants occurs through sorption of the surfactant on to the soil surface and complexation with the metal, detachment of the metal from the soil into the soil solution and hence association with surfactant micelles. Sequential extraction procedures were used on the sediment to determine the speciation of the heavy metals before and after surfactant washing. The carbonate and oxide fractions accounted for over 90% of the zinc present in the sediments. The organic fraction constituted over 70% of the copper. Sequential extraction of the sediments after washing with the various surfactants indicated that the biosurfactants, rhamnolipid and surfactin could remove the organically-bound copper and that the sophorolipid could remove the carbonate and oxide-bound zinc. Therefore, heavy metal removal from sediments is feasible and further research will be conducted. PMID:11463506

  5. Heavy metal removal and recovery using microorganisms

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    Microorganisms -- bacteria, fungi, and microalgae -- can accumulate relatively large amounts of toxic heavy metals and radionuclides from the environment. These organisms often exhibit specificity for particular metals. The metal content of microbial biomass can be a substantial fraction of total dry weight with concentration factors (metal in dry biomass to metal in solution) exceeding one million in some cases. Both living and inert (dead) microbial biomass can be used to reduce heavy metal concentrations in contaminated waters to very low levels -- parts per billion and even lower. In many respects (e.g. specificity, residual metal concentrations, accumulation factors, and economics) microbial bioremoval processes can be superior to conventional processes, such as ion exchange and caustic (lime or hydroxide) precipitation for heavy metals removal from waste and contaminated waters. Thus, bioremoval could be developed to contribute to the clean-up of wastes at the Savannah River Site (SRS) and other DOE facilities. However, the potential advantages of bioremoval processes must still be developed into practical operating systems. A detailed review of the literature suggests that appropriate bioremoval processes could be developed for the SRS. There is great variability from one biomass source to another in bioremoval capabilities. Bioremoval is affected by pH, other ions, temperature, and many other factors. The biological (living vs. dead) and physical (immobilized vs. dispersed) characteristics of the biomass also greatly affect metal binding. Even subtle differences in the microbial biomass, such as the conditions under which it was cultivated, can have major effects on heavy metal binding

  6. Heavy metals removal in dual media filters

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    Santos, Pedro Deyrieux Centeno Ogando

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate physicochemical mechanisms for the removal of heavy metals from the effluent of Harnaschpolder’s WWTP Pilot Installation in the South of Netherlands. This effluent is partially submitted to tertiary treatment in a water reuse pilot which aims the production of water for two different end?uses: crop irrigation in greenhouses and surface?type water. Tertiary filters were mounted and started up at the reuse pilot and specific concentrations o...

  7. Heavy metal removal using reverse osmosis

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    Lucia Gajdošová

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to study reverse osmosis characteristics for copper, nickel and zinc removal from technological aqueoussolutions. Reverse osmosis (RO is a separation process that uses pressure to force a solution through a membrane that retainsthe solute on one side and allows the pure solvent to pass to the other side. A polyamide thin-film composite membrane TW30-1812-50was used. The difference in flux decline is significant. There is a significant difference in flux decline depending on the anions of usedheavy metal salts. The heavy metal concentration also has a significant influence on the membrane separation. There is alsoa significant difference in flux decline depending on the transmembrane pressure.

  8. Removal of heavy metals from biowaste: modelling of heavy metal behaviour and development of removal technologies.

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    Veeken, A.

    1998-01-01

    In the Netherlands, recycling of solid organic waste streams as compost only becomes possible if the compost complies with the heavy metals standards of the BOOM decree. This dissertation focuses on the removal of heavy metals from biowaste, i.e. the source separated organic fraction of municipal solid waste. Biowaste is referred to as an organic waste stream but surprisingly it was found that a large part of biowaste is composed of inorganic material, i.e. sand, silt and clay minerals. The i...

  9. Phycoremediation of Wastewater: Heavy Metal and Nutrient Removal Processes

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    Kwarciak-Koz?owska Anna

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Phycoremediation is the use of algae for the removal or biotrans-formation of pollutants from wastewater. The study is a novel at-tempt to integrate nutrient (N and P removal and some heavy met-als (iron, manganese and zinc bioaccumulation from municipal wastewater using two microalgae species: Chlorella vulgaris and Scenedesmus armatus. The Chlorella vulgaris showed higher re-moval of total nitrogen (TN both in influent and effluent waste water than Scenedesmus armatus. Nevertheless, more than 51% of total phosphorus (TP in effluent and 36% in influent wastewaters were removed by Scenedesmus armatus. More efficient microalga in heavy metal removal in influent wastewater was Scenedesmus armatus. The results showed that Chlorella vulgaris was appropriate for TN removal and bioaccumulation of heavy metals from effluent wastewater. Nevertheless, Scenedesmus armatus was highly pref-erable for heavy metals removal from influent wastewater.

  10. BIOSORPTIVE REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS FROM WASTEWATER USING DUCKWEED

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    Ankita Suhag; Richa Gupta; Archana Tiwari

    2011-01-01

    Water pollution has been recognized as a problem for decades. The use of heavy metals in industries and their regular mining increases their concentration in water bodies. Unlike organic compounds, metals cannot degrade, and therefore effective cleanup requires their immobilization to reduce or remove toxicity. A few conventional methods employed to remove heavy metals from wastewater are expensive, require skilled labors and maintenance. Therefore, the use of aquatic plants has come up since...

  11. Removal of dissolved heavy metals and radionuclides by microbial spores

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    Microbial systems have been shown to remove specific heavy metals from contaminated aqueous waste to levels acceptable to EPA for environmental release. However, systems capable of removing a variety of heavy metals from aqueous waste to environmentally acceptable levels remain to be reported. The present studies were performed to determine the specificity of spores of the bacterium Bacillus megaterium for the adsorption of dissolved metals and radionuclides from aqueous waste. The spores effectively adsorbed eight heavy metals from a prepared metal mix and from a plating rinse waste to EPA acceptable levels for waste water. These results suggest that spores have multiple binding sites for the adsorption of heavy metals. Spores were also effective in adsorbing the radionuclides 85strontium and 197cesium. The presence of multiple sites in spores for the adsorption of heavy metals and radionuclides makes this biosorbent a good candidate for the treatment of aqueous wastes associated with the plating and nuclear industries. 17 refs., 4 tabs

  12. Radiation-initiated removal of heavy metals from water

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    This paper describes the technical viability of high-powered industrial radiation processes as high-volume and low-cost techniques suitable for the removal of the heavy metals and chelated heavy-metal compounds from water that has been contaminated by marine paints and other similar organometallic compounds

  13. ULTRASONIC ENHANCEMENT OF THE REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS

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    EPA GRANT NUMBER: R828598C020Title: Ultrasonic Enhancement of the Removal of Heavy MetalsInvestigators: Dennis Truax, Krishnan BalasubramaniamInstitution: Mississippi State UniversityEPA Project Officer: S. Bala Krishnan...

  14. Heavy metals removal from dredged sediments using electro kinetics

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    Ammami M. T.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This study focuses on the use of a remediation process to remove particle-bound recalcitrant pollutants (heavy metals from dredged harbor sediments which must be previously treated before reuse in civil engineering. Electrokinetic (EK remediation is generally accepted as one of the most suitable technologies for extracting cationic heavy metals from fine grained sediments. Many batch tests were performed to better understand the capacity of various additives to improve sediment decontamination (when applying a constant voltage gradient of 1 V.cm-1, and the combination of enhancing agents (acids + surfactants were assessed to obtain an efficient removal of heavy metals. We succeeded in proving that mixing citric acid and a nonionic surfactant (Tween 20, additives which are environmentally friendly, was a good association to enhance heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn removal.

  15. Removal of Heavy Metals from Textile Wastewater using Zeolite

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    Normala Halimoon

    2010-01-01

    Heavy metals such as lead (Pb), chromium (Cr), cadmium (Cd) and copper (Cu) are widely used for production of colour pigments of textile dyes. Textile dyes pollutants are being released to the environment at various stages of operation therefore it is necessary that the pollutants are treated before discharge using zeolite with and without alum. A study was carried out to compare the effectiveness of treatment using zeolite with and without alum for the removal of heavy metals (Pb, Cu, Cd, Cr...

  16. Heavy metals removal from dredged sediments using electro kinetics

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    Ammami M. T.; Benamar A.; Koltalo F.; Wang H. Q.; LeDerf F.

    2013-01-01

    This study focuses on the use of a remediation process to remove particle-bound recalcitrant pollutants (heavy metals) from dredged harbor sediments which must be previously treated before reuse in civil engineering. Electrokinetic (EK) remediation is generally accepted as one of the most suitable technologies for extracting cationic heavy metals from fine grained sediments. Many batch tests were performed to better understand the capacity of various additives to improve sediment decontaminat...

  17. Magnetic process for removing heavy metals from water employing magnetites

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    Prenger, F. Coyne; Hill, Dallas D.

    2006-12-26

    A process for removing heavy metals from water is provided. The process includes the steps of introducing magnetite to a quantity of water containing heavy metal. The magnetite is mixed with the water such that at least a portion of, and preferably the majority of, the heavy metal in the water is bound to the magnetite. Once this occurs the magnetite and absorbed metal is removed from the water by application of a magnetic field. In most applications the process is achieved by flowing the water through a solid magnetized matrix, such as steel wool, such that the magnetite magnetically binds to the solid matrix. The magnetized matrix preferably has remnant magnetism, but may also be subject to an externally applied magnetic field. Once the magnetite and associated heavy metal is bound to the matrix, it can be removed and disposed of, such as by reverse water or air and water flow through the matrix. The magnetite may be formed in-situ by the addition of the necessary quantities of Fe(II) and Fe(III) ions, or pre-formed magnetite may be added, or a combination of seed and in-situ formation may be used. The invention also relates to an apparatus for performing the removal of heavy metals from water using the process outlined above.

  18. Plasma polymer-functionalized silica particles for heavy metals removal.

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    Akhavan, Behnam; Jarvis, Karyn; Majewski, Peter

    2015-02-25

    Highly negatively charged particles were fabricated via an innovative plasma-assisted approach for the removal of heavy metal ions. Thiophene plasma polymerization was used to deposit sulfur-rich films onto silica particles followed by the introduction of oxidized sulfur functionalities, such as sulfonate and sulfonic acid, via water-plasma treatments. Surface chemistry analyses were conducted by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy. Electrokinetic measurements quantified the zeta potentials and isoelectric points (IEPs) of modified particles and indicated significant decreases of zeta potentials and IEPs upon plasma modification of particles. Plasma polymerized thiophene-coated particles treated with water plasma for 10 min exhibited an IEP of less than 3.5. The effectiveness of developed surfaces in the adsorption of heavy metal ions was demonstrated through copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) removal experiments. The removal of metal ions was examined through changing initial pH of solution, removal time, and mass of particles. Increasing the water plasma treatment time to 20 min significantly increased the metal removal efficiency (MRE) of modified particles, whereas further increasing the plasma treatment time reduced the MRE due to the influence of an ablation mechanism. The developed particulate surfaces were capable of removing more than 96.7% of both Cu and Zn ions in 1 h. The combination of plasma polymerization and oxidative plasma treatment is an effective method for the fabrication of new adsorbents for the removal of heavy metals. PMID:25603034

  19. BIOSORPTIVE REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS FROM WASTEWATER USING DUCKWEED

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    Ankita Suhag

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Water pollution has been recognized as a problem for decades. The use of heavy metals in industries and their regular mining increases their concentration in water bodies. Unlike organic compounds, metals cannot degrade, and therefore effective cleanup requires their immobilization to reduce or remove toxicity. A few conventional methods employed to remove heavy metals from wastewater are expensive, require skilled labors and maintenance. Therefore, the use of aquatic plants has come up since the last few decades. Duckweed is onesuch plant employed as a biosorbent and has been considered a better alternative than any other aquatic plant because of high tolerance to cold than water hyacinth, more easilyharvested than algae, capable of rapid growth (0.1 to 0.5 g g-1 day-1 and small size of plant. This study aims to determine the suitability of this plant for biosorbing toxic heavy metalscommonly found in industrial wastewater, domestic wastewater, and seepage water.

  20. Electrodialytic removal of heavy metals from fly ashes

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    Pedersen, Anne Juul

    2002-01-01

    The aim of the Ph.D. work was to develop the electrodialytic remediation method for removal of heavy metals from fly ashes. The work was focused on two types of fly ashes: fly ashes from wood combustion and fly ashes from municipal solid waste incineration.

  1. Individual and competitive removal of heavy metals using capacitive deionization.

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    Huang, Zhe; Lu, Lu; Cai, Zhenxiao; Ren, Zhiyong Jason

    2016-01-25

    This study presents the viability and preference of capacitive deionization (CDI) for removing different heavy metal ions in various conditions. The removal performance and mechanisms of three ions, cadmium (Cd(2+)), lead (Pb(2+)) and chromium (Cr(3+)) were investigated individually and as a mixture under different applied voltages and ion concentrations. It was found that CDI could effectively remove these metals, and the performance was positively correlated with the applied voltage. When 1.2V was applied into solution containing 0.5mM individual ions, the Cd(2+), Pb(2+), and Cr(3+) removal was 32%, 43%, and 52%, respectively, and the electrosorption played a bigger role in Cd(2+) removal than for the other two ions. Interestingly, while the removal of Pb(2+) and Cr(3+) remained at a similar level of 46% in the mixture of three ions, the Cd(2+) removal significantly decreased to 14%. Similar patterns were observed when 0.05mM was used to simulate natural contaminated water condition, but the removal efficiencies were much higher, with the removal of Pb(2+), Cr(3+), and Cd(2+) increased to 81%, 78%, and 42%, respectively. The low valence charge and lack of physical sorption of Cd(2+) were believed to be the reason for the removal behavior, and advanced microscopic analysis showed clear deposits of metal ions on the cathode surface after operation. PMID:26476320

  2. Chitosan removes toxic heavy metal ions from cigarette mainstream smoke

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    Zhou, Wen; Xu, Ying; Wang, Dongfeng; Zhou, Shilu

    2013-09-01

    This study investigated the removal of heavy metal ions from cigarette mainstream smoke using chitosan. Chitosan of various deacetylation degrees and molecular weights were manually added to cigarette filters in different dosages. The mainstream smoke particulate matter was collected by a Cambridge filter pad, digested by a microwave digestor, and then analyzed for contents of heavy metal ions, including As(III/V), Pb(II), Cd(II), Cr(III/VI) and Ni(II), by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS). The results showed that chitosan had a removal effect on Pb(II), Cd(II), Cr(III/VI) and Ni(II). Of these, the percent removal of Ni(II) was elevated with an increasing dosage of chitosan. Chitosan of a high deace tylation degree exhibited good binding performance toward Cd(II), Cr(III/VI) and Ni(II), though with poor efficiency for Pb(II). Except As(III/V), all the tested metal ions showed similar tendencies in the growing contents with an increasing chitosan molecular weight. Nonetheless, the percent removal of Cr(III/VI) peaked with a chitosan molecular weight of 200 kDa, followed by a dramatic decrease with an increasing chitosan molecular weight. Generally, chitosan had different removal effects on four out of five tested metal ions, and the percent removal of Cd(II), Pb(II), Cr(III/VI) and Ni(II) was approximately 55%, 45%, 50%, and 16%, respectively. In a word, chitosan used in cigarette filter can remove toxic heavy metal ions in the mainstream smoke, improve cigarette safety, and reduce the harm to smokers.

  3. Heavy metal removal using reverse osmosis

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    Lucia Gajdošová; Milan Búgel; Tomáš Bakalár

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this work was to study reverse osmosis characteristics for copper, nickel and zinc removal from technological aqueoussolutions. Reverse osmosis (RO) is a separation process that uses pressure to force a solution through a membrane that retainsthe solute on one side and allows the pure solvent to pass to the other side. A polyamide thin-film composite membrane TW30-1812-50was used. The difference in flux decline is significant. There is a significant difference in flux decline depen...

  4. Novel forward osmosis process to effectively remove heavy metal ions

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    Cui, Yue

    2014-10-01

    In this study, a novel forward osmosis (FO) process for the removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater was demonstrated for the first time. The proposed FO process consists of a thin-film composite (TFC) FO membrane made from interfacial polymerization on a macrovoid-free polyimide support and a novel bulky hydroacid complex Na4[Co(C6H4O7)2]·r2H2O (Na-Co-CA) as the draw solute to minimize the reverse solute flux. The removal of six heavy metal solutions, i.e., Na2Cr2O7, Na2HAsO4, Pb(NO3)2, CdCl2, CuSO4, Hg(NO3)2, were successfully demonstrated. Water fluxes around 11L/m2/h (LMH) were harvested with heavy metals rejections of more than 99.5% when employing 1M Na-Co-CA as the draw solution to process 2000ppm(1 ppm=1 mg/L) heavy metal solutions at room temperature. This FO performance outperforms most nanofiltration (NF) processes. In addition, the high rejections were maintained at 99.5% when a more concentrated draw solution (1.5M) or feed solution (5000ppm) was utilized. Furthermore, rejections greater than 99.7% were still achieved with an enhanced water flux of 16.5LMH by operating the FO process at 60°C. The impressive heavy metal rejections and satisfactory water flux under various conditions suggest great potential of the newly developed FO system for the treatment of heavy metal wastewater. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

  5. Heavy metal removal from water solutions

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    Barbora Onderková

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Equilibrium and kinetic data for copper adsorption on chitosan and Lewatit S100 in batch systems have been obtained. For chitosan particles the best fit isotherm in the concentration range 0 – 8 g.m-3 is the R-P isotherm and for Lewatit S100-G the best fit isotherm in the concentration range 0 – 8 g.m-3 is the Langmuir isotherm. The maximum capacity of chitosan is slightly higher than that of Lewatit; however at aqueous concentrations below about 150 g.m-3 the amount of metal adsorbed on Lewatit is higher.

  6. Electrodialytic Removal of Heavy Metals from Different Solid Waste Products

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    Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Christensen, Iben Vernegren

    2003-01-01

    A variety of heavy metal polluted waste products must be handled today. Electrochemical methods have been developed for remediation of polluted soil. One of the methods is the electrodialytic remediation method that is based on electromigration of heavy metal ions and ionic species within the soil matrix, and a separation of the soil and the process solutions, where the heavy metals are concentrated, with ion exchange membranes. For remediation of some soils, such as calcareous soils, it is necessary to add an enhancement solution. It was shown in a laboratory experiment that ammonium citrate could be used when removing Cu and Cr from a soil with 25% carbonates. The final concentrations of the elements were below the target values after the remediation. A question of whether the electrodialytic remediation method can be used for other waste products arose. Preliminary experiments showed that the method could be used for removal of different heavy metals from impregnated wood waste, fly ash from straw combustion, and fly ash from municipal solid waste incineration. The best result was obtained with the wood waste where more than 80% of each of the polluting elements Cu, Cr and As was removed in a 7-day experiment in which oxalic acid was used as enhancement solution. From the straw ash, 66% of the Cd was removed, but 64% of the fly ash dry mass dissolved during the treatment. In this actual experiment, no enhancement solution was used but that will be necessary to avoid dissolution of the ash to such a high extent. For the fly ash from waste incineration, ammonium citrate was tested as enhancement solution and in 14 days 62% Cd, 53% Cu, 6% Pb, and 31% Zn were removed. The preliminary results were thus promising for developing the electrodialytic method to other products than soil, although more research is needed especially in finding the best enhancement solutions for each product.

  7. Removal of heavy metals from electroplating wastewater by membrane

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    Galaya Srisuwan

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available This research was to study the treatment of heavy metals in electroplating wastewater using membranes. Two selected membrane types, cellulose acetate microfiltration membrane with pore size 0.2 ?m and polysulfone ultrafiltration membrane with MWCO of 30 kDa were used in this study. Synthetic and factory electroplating wastewater were used as the samples. The experiments were performed by chemical precipitating both synthetic and factory wastewater in the first step and membrane filtrating of supernatant at the pressure of 50, 100 and 200 kPa in the second step. The concentration of chromium, copper, nickel and zinc of treated water were compared with standard values given by the Ministry of Industry (MOI, Thailand. The experimental results showed that flux was highest at the pressure of 200 kPa and decreased as the pressure decreased. The rejection was highest at the pressure of 50 kPa and decreased as pressure increased. The results from synthetic wastewater were better than those from factory wastewater. Thecapability of heavy metal removal of microfiltration and ultrafiltration membrane was the same, but microfiltration gave more flux. The heavy metal removal efficiency of microfiltration of synthetic electroplating wastewater of four processes of chromium, copper, nickel and zinc electroplating , each was higher than that from factory wastewater but slightly lower than the removal efficiency obtained from composite synthetic wastewater. The removal efficiency of chromium, copper, nickel and zinc from composite synthetic wastewater was higher than those from composite factory wastewater for both microfiltration and ultrafiltration processes. The results from the study of membrane surface washing showed little flux increase after washing the membrane by stirring with a propeller at a distance of 2 mm above membrane surface at 400 rpm for 30 minutes.

  8. Removal of Heavy Metals and PAH in Highway Detention Ponds

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    Bentzen, Thomas Ruby; Larsen, Torben; Thorndahl, Søren Liedtke; Rasmussen, Michael R.

    2005-01-01

    The paper presents some of the first results from a study of the removal of pollutants in highway detention ponds in Denmark. The objective of the study is to set up a procedure for long-term modelling of discharges of pollutants to the environment from the many Danish highway detention ponds, which has been designed according to standard design criteria for several decades. The study will focus on heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn) and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). The long-term simulation...

  9. Heavy metal removal from aqueous solutions by activated phosphate rock

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    The use of natural adsorbent such as phosphate rock to replace expensive imported synthetic adsorbent is particularly appropriate for developing countries such as Tunisia. In this study, the removal characteristics of lead, cadmium, copper and zinc ions from aqueous solution by activated phosphate rock were investigated under various operating variables like contact time, solution pH, initial metal concentration and temperature. The kinetic and the sorption process of these metal ions were compared for phosphate rock (PR) and activated phosphate rock (APR). To accomplish this objective we have: (a) characterized both (PR) and (APR) using different techniques (XRD, IR) and analyses (EDAX, BET-N2); and, (b) qualified and quantified the interaction of Pb2+, Cd2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+ with these sorbents through batch experiments. Initial uptake of these metal ions increases with time up to 1 h for (PR) and 2 h for (APR), after then, it reaches equilibrium. The maximum sorption obtained for (PR) and (APR) is between pH 2 and 3 for Pb2+ and 4 and 6 for Cd2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+. The effect of temperature has been carried out at 10, 20 and 40 deg. C. The data obtained from sorption isotherms of metal ions at different temperatures fit to linear form of Langmuir sorption equation. The heat of sorption (?Ho), free energy (?Go) and change in entropy (?So) were calculated. They show that sorption of Pb2+, Cd2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+on (PR) and (APR) an endothermic process. These findings are significant for future using of (APR) for the removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater under realistic competitive conditions in terms of initial heavy metals, concentrations and pH

  10. Heavy metal removal from aqueous solutions by activated phosphate rock

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    Elouear, Z. [Laboratoire Eau Energie et Environnement, Departement de genie geologique, Ecole Nationale d' Ingenieurs de Sfax, BP W 3038, Sfax (Tunisia)], E-mail: zouheir.elouaer@tunet.tn; Bouzid, J.; Boujelben, N. [Laboratoire Eau Energie et Environnement, Departement de genie geologique, Ecole Nationale d' Ingenieurs de Sfax, BP W 3038, Sfax (Tunisia); Feki, M. [Unite de chimie industriel I, Ecole Nationale d' Ingenieurs de Sfax, BP W 3038 Sfax (Tunisia); Jamoussi, F. [Laboratoire de Georessources CERTE BP 95, 2050 Hamam-Lif (Tunisia); Montiel, A. [Societe Anonyme de Gestion des Eaux de Paris, 9 rue Schoelcher, 75675 Paris cedex 14 (France)

    2008-08-15

    The use of natural adsorbent such as phosphate rock to replace expensive imported synthetic adsorbent is particularly appropriate for developing countries such as Tunisia. In this study, the removal characteristics of lead, cadmium, copper and zinc ions from aqueous solution by activated phosphate rock were investigated under various operating variables like contact time, solution pH, initial metal concentration and temperature. The kinetic and the sorption process of these metal ions were compared for phosphate rock (PR) and activated phosphate rock (APR). To accomplish this objective we have: (a) characterized both (PR) and (APR) using different techniques (XRD, IR) and analyses (EDAX, BET-N{sub 2}); and, (b) qualified and quantified the interaction of Pb{sup 2+}, Cd{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+} and Zn{sup 2+} with these sorbents through batch experiments. Initial uptake of these metal ions increases with time up to 1 h for (PR) and 2 h for (APR), after then, it reaches equilibrium. The maximum sorption obtained for (PR) and (APR) is between pH 2 and 3 for Pb{sup 2+} and 4 and 6 for Cd{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+} and Zn{sup 2+}. The effect of temperature has been carried out at 10, 20 and 40 deg. C. The data obtained from sorption isotherms of metal ions at different temperatures fit to linear form of Langmuir sorption equation. The heat of sorption ({delta}H{sup o}), free energy ({delta}G{sup o}) and change in entropy ({delta}S{sup o}) were calculated. They show that sorption of Pb{sup 2+}, Cd{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+} and Zn{sup 2+}on (PR) and (APR) an endothermic process. These findings are significant for future using of (APR) for the removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater under realistic competitive conditions in terms of initial heavy metals, concentrations and pH.

  11. Industrial effluent treatments using heavy-metal removing bacterial bioflocculants

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    J, Lin; C, Harichund.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Bioflocculants produced by Herbaspirillium sp. CH7, Paenibacillus sp. CH11, Bacillus sp. CH15 and a Halomonas sp. were preliminarily evaluated as flocculating agents in the treatment of industrial wastewater effluents. Industrial (1 local chemical-industry and 2 textile-industry: Biavin 109-medium b [...] lue dye and Whale dye) effluent (9 m?) containing various heavy metals was vortexed with 1 m? of bioflocculant in a 25 m? test tube. One m? of water (Millipore Elix purification system, 17 mega?) was substituted for the bioflocculant in the control. After 5 min, the heavy metal concentrations, the microbial population and the turbidity of the top layer of the industrial effluent were determined using ICP-OES, spread-plate technique and a turbidity meter respectively. The flocculating activity was calculated based on absorbance at a wavelength of 550 nm. Bioflocculants produced in this study were capable of removing several heavy metals from industrial effluents simultaneously and effectively. This was significant (p

  12. Removal Of Heavy Metals From Electroplating Wastewater By Anaerobic Bacteria

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    Ma, Wanggang; Sun, Peide; Song, Yingqi; Zhang, Yi; Yin, Jun

    2010-11-01

    Biosorption of heavy metals from simulated wastewater and the raw electroplating wastewater with "BM (Biosorption of Metals) bacteria" were investigated in this study. The influence of initial pH, biosorbents dose, concentration of ions, contact time and temperature on biosorption capacity of Cr(VI) and Ni(II) were studied. The optimum pH for biosorption of Cr(VI) was found to be low, and the removal efficiency of Cr(VI) was 98.60% with "BM bacteria" at pH 2. The removal efficiency of Ni(II) was increased with increasing the pH, and was enhanced up to 115% compared with the wastewater without BM bacteria. In this experiment, the "BM bacteria" efficiently removed Cu(II), Ni(II), Cr(VI), Zn(II) and COD from the raw electroplating wastewater, and the removal efficiencies were 98.92%, 99.92%, 99.86%, 99.93% and 45.20% respectively.

  13. Electrodialytic removal of heavy metals from different fly ashes. Influence of heavy metal speciation in the ashes

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    Pedersen, Anne Juul; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Villumsen, Arne

    2003-01-01

    Electrodialytic Remediation has recently been suggested as a potential method for removal of heavy metals from fly ashes. In this work electrodialytic remediation of three different fly ashes, i.e. two municipal solid waste incinerator (MSWI) fly ashes and one wood combustion fly ash was studied in lab scale, and the results were discussed in relation to the expected heavy metal speciation in the ashes. In initial leaching experiments the pH-dependent desorption characteristics of the heavy meta...

  14. Electrodialytic Removal of Heavy Metals from Different Solid Waste Products

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    Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Christensen, Iben Vernegren; Pedersen, Anne Juul; Hansen, K.H.; Villumsen, Arne; Ribeiro, A.B.

    2003-01-01

    A variety of heavy metal polluted waste products must be handled today. Electrochemical methods have been developed for remediation of polluted soil. One of the methods is the electrodialytic remediation method that is based on electromigration of heavy metal ions and ionic species within the soil matrix, and a separation of the soil and the process solutions, where the heavy metals are concentrated, with ion exchange membranes. For remediation of some soils, such as calcareous soils, it is nece...

  15. Application of ionic liquids for the removal of heavy metals from wastewater and activated sludge.

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    Fuerhacker, Maria; Haile, Tadele Measho; Kogelnig, Daniel; Stojanovic, Anja; Keppler, Bernhard

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents the results of adsorption studies on the removal of heavy metals (Cr, Cu, Cd, Ni, Pb and Zn) from standard solutions, real wastewater samples and activated sewage sludge using a new technique of liquid-liquid extraction using quaternary ammonium and phosphonium ionic liquids (ILs). Batch sorption experiments were conducted using the ILs [PR4][TS], [PR4][MTBA], [A336][TS] and [A336][MTBA]. Removal of these heavy metals from standard solutions were not effective, however removal of heavy metals from the industrial effluents/wastewater treatment plants were satisfactory, indicating that the removal depends mainly on the composition of the wastewater and cannot be predicted with standard solutions. Removal of heavy metals from activated sludge proved to be more successful than conventional methods such as incineration, acid extraction, thermal treatment, etc. For the heavy metals Cu, Ni and Zn, ?90% removal was achieved. PMID:22546790

  16. Acidification of Harbour sediment and removal of heavy metals induced by water splitting in electrodialytic remediation

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    Nystrøm, Gunvor Marie; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Villumsen, Arne

    2005-01-01

    Harbor sediments are often contaminated with heavy metals, which can be removed by electrodialytic remediation. Water splitting at the anion exchange membrane in contact with the contaminated material in electrodialytic remediation is highly important for the removal of heavy metals. Here it was investigated how acidification caused by water splitting at the anion exchange membrane during electrodialytic remediation of contaminated harbor sediment and hence the metal removal, was influenced by d...

  17. Cyclic electrowinning/precipitation (CEP) system for the removal of heavy metal mixtures from aqueous solutions

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    Grimshaw, Pengpeng; Calo, Joseph M.; Hradil, George

    2011-01-01

    The description and operation of a novel cyclic electrowinning/precipitation (CEP) system for the simultaneous removal of mixtures of heavy metals from aqueous solutions are presented. CEP combines the advantages of electrowinning in a spouted particulate electrode (SPE) with that of chemical precipitation and redissolution, to remove heavy metals at low concentrations as solid metal deposits on particulate cathode particles without exporting toxic metal precipitate sludges from the process. ...

  18. Removal of heavy-metal ions from dilute waste streams using membrane-based hybrid systems

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    At Bend research, the authors have developed hybrid systems that couple a process that removes solvent (water) and a process that removes solute (metal ions) such that toxic heavy-metal ions can be efficiently and selectively removed to very low levels while simultaneously concentrating the heavy-metal ions in relatively pure form. Although this technology is broadly applicable, the authors are focusing on the development of a system to treat groundwater that is contaminated with heavy-metal ions. The process utilizes coupled transport and reverse osmosis to reduce chromium and uranium concentration down to parts-per-billion levels

  19. Removal of dissolved heavy metals from acid rock drainage using iron metal

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    The chemical and microbial activity of corroding iron metal is examined in the acid rock drainage (ARD) resulting from pyrite oxidation to determine the effectiveness in neutralizing the ARD and reducing the load of dissolved heavy metals. ARD from Berkeley Pit, MT, is treated with iron in batch reactors and columns containing iron granules. Iron, in acidic solution, hydrolyzes water producing hydride and hydroxide ion resulting in a concomitant increase in pH and decrease in redox potential. The dissolved metals in ARD are removed by several mechanisms. Copper and cadmium cement onto the surface of the iron as zerovalent metals. Hydroxide forming metals such as aluminum, zinc, and nickel form complexes with iron and other metals precipitating from solution as the pH rises. Metalloids such as arsenic and antimony coprecipitate with iron. As metals precipitate from solution, various other mechanisms including coprecipitation, sorption, and ion exchange also enhance removal of metals from solution. Corroding iron also creates a reducing environment supportive for sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) growth. Increases in SRB populations of 5,000-fold are observed in iron metal treated ARD solutions. Although the biological process is slow, sulfidogenesis is an additional pathway to further stabilize heavy metal precipitates

  20. Mechanisms of heavy metal removal using microorganisms as biosorbent.

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    Javanbakht, Vahid; Alavi, Seyed Amir; Zilouei, Hamid

    2014-01-01

    Release and distribution of heavy metals through industrial wastewaters has adverse affects on the environment via contamination of surface- and ground-water resources. Biosorption of heavy metals from aqueous solutions has been proved to be very promising, offering significant advantages such as low cost, availability, profitability, ease of operation, and high efficiency, especially when dealing with low concentrations. Residual biomasses of industrial microorganisms including bacteria, algae, fungi, and yeast have been found to be capable of efficiently accumulating heavy metals as biosorbent. This paper presents and investigates major mechanisms of biosorption and most of the functional groups involved. The biosorption process includes the following mechanisms: transport across cell membrane, complexation, ion exchange, precipitation, and physical adsorption. In order to understand how metals bind to the biomass, it is essential to identify the functional groups responsible for metal binding. Most of these groups have been characterized on the cell walls. The biosorbent contains a variety of functional sites including carboxyl, imidazole, sulfydryl, amino, phosphate, sulfate, thioether, phenol, carbonyl, amide, and hydroxyl moieties that are responsible for metal adsorption. These could be helpful to improve biosorbents through modification of surface reactive sites via surface grafting and/or exchange of functional groups. PMID:24804650

  1. Comparison of electrocoagulation and chemical coagulation for heavy metal removal

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    Akbal, F.; Camci, S. [Ondokuz Mayis University, Engineering Faculty, Environmental Engineering Department, Kurupelit, Samsun (Turkey)

    2010-10-15

    Copper (Cu), chromium (Cr), and nickel (Ni) removal from metal plating wastewater by electrocoagulation and chemical coagulation was investigated. Chemical coagulation was performed using either aluminum sulfate or ferric chloride, whereas electrocoagulation was done in an electrolytic cell using aluminum or iron electrodes. By chemical coagulation, Cu-, Cr-, and Ni-removal of 99.9 % was achieved with aluminum sulfate and ferric chloride dosages of 500, 1000, and 2000 mg L{sup -1}, respectively. Removal of metals by electrocoagulation was affected by the electrode material, wastewater pH, current density, number of electrodes, and electrocoagulation time. Electrocoagulation with iron electrodes at a current density of 10 mA cm{sup -2}, electrocoagulation time of 20 min, and pH 3.0 resulted in 99.9 % Cu-, 99.9 % Cr-, and 98 % Ni-removal. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  2. An optimised method for electrodialytic removal of heavy metals from harbour sediments

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    Pedersen, Kristine B.; Jensen, Pernille Erland

    2015-01-01

    A 2-compartment electrodialytic cell set-up for treatment of solid materials has in many respects proven superior to other types of cells in removing heavy metals from sediments. Most notably, remediation times were shorter, energy consumption was lower and higher removal efficiencies were observed. By employing m1ultivariate modelling and investigating additional experimental variables, the relative importance of variables effecting remediation was determined and response surfaces for heavy metal removal were calculated. Employing optimal conditions it was possible to remove targeted metals (Pb, Cu, Zn), by 73-96 %, and remediation objectives could be met in a large region of the studied experimental domain.

  3. Heavy Metal Removal by Chitosan and Chitosan Composite

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    Radiation grafting of diethyl aminoethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) on chitosan to impart ion exchange properties and to be used for the separation of metal ions from waste water, was carried out. The effect of experimental conditions such as monomer concentration and the radiation dose on grafting were studied. On using chitosan, grafted chitosan and some chitosan composites in metal ion removal they show high up-take capacity for Cu2+ and lower uptake capacities for the other divalent metal ions used (Zn and Co). Competitive study, performed with solutions containing mixture of metal salts, showed high selectivity for Cu2+ than the other metal ion. Limited grafting of DEAEMA polymer -containing specific functional groups-onto the chitosan backbone improves the sorption performance

  4. Heavy metal removal from contaminated scallop waste for feed and fertilizer application.

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    Ghimire, Kedar Nath; Kai, Huang; Inoue, Katsutoshi; Ohto, Keisuke; Kawakita, Hidetaka; Harada, Hiroyuki; Morita, Minoru

    2008-05-01

    The present work elucidates environmental friendly removal process of heavy metals by using biomass waste and natural product. The process consists of the following three steps: (1) leaching of all metals including heavy metals by dilute sulfuric acid, (2) removal of turbid organic materials from the leach liquor by means of coagulation using astringent persimmon extract enriched with persimmon tannin leaving all heavy metal ions in the leach liquor and (3) adsorptive removal of heavy metals by means of adsorption onto the gel prepared from apple waste. The operational conditions at these three steps were discussed in detail, among which the pH adjustment is the key factor; i.e. the lower the pHs the higher the efficiency of the leaching, while reverse was the case for the adsorption. PMID:17604621

  5. Heavy metal removal from MSS fly ash by thermal and chlorination treatments.

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    Liu, Jingyong; Chen, Jiacong; Huang, Limao

    2015-01-01

    The thermal behavior of heavy metals in the co-incineration of municipal solid waste-sludge incinerator fly ash (MSS fly ash) was studied using a laboratory-scale tube furnace. The results indicate that without the addition of chlorinating agents, temperature was an important parameter and had significantly influenced on heavy metal removal, whereas the residence time had a weak effect. Between 900 and 1000?°C for 60 to 300?min, heavy metals reacted with chloride-inherent in the fly ash, and approximately 80 to 89% of Pb, 48% to 56% of Cd, 27% to 36% of Zn and 6% to 24% of Cu were removed. After the adding chlorinating agents, the evaporation rate of the heavy metals improved dramatically, where the evaporation rates of Cu and Zn were larger than that of Pb and Cd. As the amount of added chlorinating agents increased, the removal rate of heavy metals increased. However, the effect of the type of chlorinating agent on the chlorination of heavy metals differed considerably, where NaCl had the weakest effect on the removal rate of Cu, Cd and Zn. In terms of resource recovery and decontamination, MgCl2 and CaCl2 are the best choices due to their efficient removal of Zn. PMID:26602592

  6. Heavy metal removal from MSS fly ash by thermal and chlorination treatments

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    Liu, Jingyong; Chen, Jiacong; Huang, Limao

    2015-01-01

    The thermal behavior of heavy metals in the co-incineration of municipal solid waste-sludge incinerator fly ash (MSS fly ash) was studied using a laboratory-scale tube furnace. The results indicate that without the addition of chlorinating agents, temperature was an important parameter and had significantly influenced on heavy metal removal, whereas the residence time had a weak effect. Between 900 and 1000?°C for 60 to 300?min, heavy metals reacted with chloride-inherent in the fly ash, and approximately 80 to 89% of Pb, 48% to 56% of Cd, 27% to 36% of Zn and 6% to 24% of Cu were removed. After the adding chlorinating agents, the evaporation rate of the heavy metals improved dramatically, where the evaporation rates of Cu and Zn were larger than that of Pb and Cd. As the amount of added chlorinating agents increased, the removal rate of heavy metals increased. However, the effect of the type of chlorinating agent on the chlorination of heavy metals differed considerably, where NaCl had the weakest effect on the removal rate of Cu, Cd and Zn. In terms of resource recovery and decontamination, MgCl2 and CaCl2 are the best choices due to their efficient removal of Zn. PMID:26602592

  7. Investigation of heavy metal removal from motorway stormwater using inorganic ion exchange

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    Stormwater runoff from motorway surfaces contains toxic heavy metals that are not sufficiently removed by current treatment systems. This research has investigated the potential use of inorganic ion exchange materials to further reduce the levels of dissolved heavy metals. Candidate materials (synthetic/natural zeolites, clay/modified clay, hydrotalcite, lignite) were tested by a shaking procedure (mixed 5 mg dm-3 of each heavy metals, shaken for 10 min) and analysed by atomic absorption spectrometry. The synthetic zeolites MAP and Y showed 100% heavy metal removal and were investigated further by a series of batch experiments. The zeolites exhibited a selectivity sequence Pb > Cu > Cd ? Zn. Zeolite MAP has a high capacity for heavy metal uptake (4.5 meq g-1), but is not practical for use in a treatment facility owing to its low particle size (3 ?m). However, large zeolite pellets (? 2 mm) were found to have a low heavy metal uptake (? 44 %) due to diffusion limitations. Selected materials (zeolites MAP, Y, mordenite, and carbon-based lignite) were tested in actual and spiked motorway stormwater. The synthetic zeolites effectively remove heavy metals (? 100 %) but change the environmental chemistry of the stormwater by releasing high concentrations of sodium, removing calcium ions and increasing the solution pH. The presence of other dissolved contaminants in motorway stormwater inhibited the uptake of heavy metals by the natural zeolite mordenite (34 % less removal). Alkali/alkaline-earth metals (Na, Ca) in solution compete for exchange sites in lignite and mordenite, reducing the heavy metal uptake. Chloride in solution forms complexes with cadmium, severely reducing its uptake by zeolite Y. The presence of dissolved road salt is a potentially serious concern as it causes previously exchanged heavy metals to be re-eluted, especially zinc and cadmium. Zeolite MAP as an exchanger is relatively unaffected by road salt. There is potential for the use of ion exchange materials to remove heavy metals from motorway stormwater, but a balance needs to be achieved between a practical particle size, capacity for heavy metal uptake and the potential environmental impact. (author)

  8. Removal of heavy metals from kaolin using an upward electrokinetic soil remedial (UESR) technology

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    An upward electrokinetic soil remedial (UESR) technology was proposed to remove heavy metals from contaminated kaolin. Unlike conventional electrokinetic treatment that uses boreholes or trenches for horizontal migration of heavy metals, the UESR technology, applying vertical non-uniform electric fields, caused upward transportation of heavy metals to the top surface of the treated soil. The effects of current density, treatment duration, cell diameter, and different cathode chamber influent (distilled water or 0.01 M nitric acid) were studied. The removal efficiencies of heavy metals positively correlated to current density and treatment duration. Higher heavy metals removal efficiency was observed for the reactor cell with smaller diameter. A substantial amount of heavy metals was accumulated in the nearest to cathode 2 cm layer of kaolin when distilled water was continuously supplied to the cathode chamber. Heavy metals accumulated in this layer of kaolin can be easily excavated and disposed off. The main part of the removed heavy metals was dissolved in cathode chamber influent and moved away with cathode chamber effluent when 0.01 M nitric acid was used, instead of distilled water. Energy saving treatment by UESR technology with highest metal removal efficiencies was provided by two regimes: (1) by application of 0.01 M nitric acid as cathode chamber influent, cell diameter of 100 mm, duration of 18 days, and constant voltage of 3.5 V (19.7 kWh/m3 of kaolin) and (2) by application of 0.01 M nitric acid as cathode chamber influent, cell diameter of 100 cm, duration of 6 days, and constant current density of 0.191 mA/cm2 (19.1 kWh/m3 of kaolin)

  9. A new material for removing heavy metals from water

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    Philipp, Warren H., Jr.; Street, Kenneth W., Jr.

    1994-01-01

    The NASA Lewis Research Center developed and is patenting a new high capacity ion exchange material (IEM) that removes toxic metals from contaminated water in laboratory tests. The IEM can be made into many forms, such as thin films, coatings, pellets, and fibers. As a result, it can be adapted to many applications to purify contaminated water wherever it is found, be it in waste water treatment systems, lakes, ponds, industrial plants, or in homes. Laboratory tests have been conducted on aqueous solutions containing only one of the following metal cations: lead, copper, mercury, cadmium, silver, chromium (III), nickel, zinc, and yttrium. Tests were also conducted with: (1) calcium present to determine its effects on the uptake of cadmium and copper, and (2) uranium and lanthanides which are stand-ins for other radioactive elements, (3) drinking water for the removal of copper and lead, and (3) others compositions. The results revealed that the IEM removes all these cations, even in the presence of the calcium. Of particular interest are the results of the tests with the drinking water: the lead concentration was reduced from 142 ppb down to 2.8 ppb (well below the accepted EPA standard).

  10. A highly efficient and selective polysilsesquioxane sorbent for heavy metal removal

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    Duan, Xiaonan

    2012-02-29

    Suited for heavy stuff: An efficient mesoporous sorbent based on a pure ethylendiamine-bridged polysilsesquioxane is presented. This material, with both a high amine loading and a high surface area, is applied for heavy metal ion removal. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Removal of Heavy Metal from Contaminated Water by Biopolymer Crab Shell Chitosan

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    M.S. Rana; M.A. Halim; S. Safiullah; M. Mamun Mollah; M.S. Azam; Goni, M.A.; M. Kamal Hossain; M. M. Rana

    2009-01-01

    The study focuses on potential of using crab shell chitosan as a low-cost biosorbent, for heavy metals removal from aqueous solutions in an adsorption filtration system. Chitosan was synthesized from chitin by the treatment of strong alkali solution under reflux condition and chitin was extracted from crab shell followed by decalcification and deproteinization treatment. Spectrometric (AA and UV) method was employed to detect the heavy metals concentration. Prepared 10 mg L-1 solutions of zin...

  12. Removal of Heavy Metals from Solid Wastes Leachates Coagulation-Flocculation Process

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    Z Yousefi; M.A. Zazouli

    2008-01-01

    The main objectives of present research were to determine heavy metals (Ni, Cd, Cr, Zn and Cu) and COD concentration in raw leachate in Esfahan (Iran) composting plant and to examine the application of coagulation-flocculation process for the treatment of raw leachates. Jar-test experiments were employed in order to determine the optimum conditions (effective dosage and optimum pH) for the removal of COD and heavy metals. Alum (aluminum sulphate) and Ferric chloride were tested as conventiona...

  13. Silica coated magnetite nanoparticles for removal of heavy metal ions from polluted waters

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    Dash, Monika

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic removal of Hg2+ and other heavy metal ions like Cd2+, Pb2+ etc. using silica coated magnetite particles from polluted waters is a current topic of active research to provide efficient water recycling and long term high quality water. The technique used to study the bonding characteristics of such kind of nanoparticles with the heavy metal ions is a very sensitive hyperfine specroscopy technique called the perturbed angular correlation technique (PAC).

  14. REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS FROM INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATERS USING INSOLUBLE STARCH XANTHATE

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    The Northern Regional Research Center developed an effective process to remove heavy metals from wastewaters of two nonferrous metal industries and insoluble starch xanthate (ISX). The study included bench-scale evaluation of wastewaters from two lead battery and one brass mill w...

  15. Heavy metal removal by combining anaerobic upflow packed bed reactors with water hyacinth ponds.

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    Sekomo, Christian Birame; Kagisha, Vedaste; Rousseau, Diederik; Lens, Piet

    2012-06-01

    The removal of four selected heavy metals (Cu, Cd, Pb and Zn) has been assessed in an upflow anaerobic packed bed reactor filled with porous volcanic rock as an adsorbent and an attachment surface for bacterial growth. Two different feeding regimes were applied using low (5 mg L(-1) of heavy metal each) and high (10 mg L(-1) of heavy metal each) strength wastewater. After a start-up and acclimatization period of 44 days, each regime was operated for a period of 10 days with a hydraulic retention time of one day. Good removal efficiencies of at least 86% were achieved for both the low and high strength wastewater. A subsequent water hyacinth pond with a hydraulic retention time of one day removed an additional 61% Cd, 59% Cu, 49% Pb and 42% Zn, showing its importance as a polishing step. The water hyacinth plant in the post-treatment step accumulated heavy metals mainly in the root system. Overall metal removal efficiencies at the outlet of the integrated system were 98% for Cd, 99% for Cu, 98% for Pb and 84% for Zn. Therefore, the integrated system can be used as an alternative treatment system for metal-polluted wastewater, especially in developing countries. PMID:22856321

  16. Effects of pulse current on energy consumption and removal of heavy metals during electrodialytic soil remediation

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    Sun, Tian R.; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.

    2012-01-01

    The aims of this paper were to investigate the possibility for energy saving when using a pulsed electric field during electrodialytic soil remediation (EDR) and the effect of the pulsed current on removal of heavy metals. Eight experiments with constant and pulse current in the different industrially polluted soils were performed. At a current density of 0.1mA/cm2 in soil 1 and 0.2mA/cm2 in soil 2, there was no difference on energy consumption and removal of heavy metals between pulse current a...

  17. Literature review on the use of bioaccumulation for heavy metal removal and recovery

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    Bioaccumulation of metals by microbes -- '' bioremoval'' -- is a powerful new technology for the concentration, recovery, and removal of toxic heavy metals and radionuclides from waste streams and contaminated environments. Algae are particularly well suited for metal bioremoval. A recent commercial application of bioremoval utilizes inert (dead) immobilized microalgae biomass as ion exchange materials for the removal of heavy metals from industrial waste waters. Also, living microalgal cultures have been used to remove metals from mine effluents. Microbial cells and biomass can bioaccumulate metals and radionuclides by a large variety of mechanisms, both dependent and independent of cell metabolism. Microbial cell walls can act as ion exchange and metal complexation agents. Heavy metals can precipitate and even crystallize on cell surfaces. Metabolically produced hydrogen sulfide or other metabolic products can bioprecipitate heavy metals. Many microbes produce both intra- and extracellular metal complexing agents which could be considered in practical metal removal processes. Bioremoval processes are greatly affected by the microbial species and even strain used, pH, redox potential, temperature, and other conditions under which the microbes are grown. Development of practical applications of bioremoval requires applies research using the particular waste solutions to be treated, or close simulations thereof. From a practical perspective, the selection of the microbial biomass and the process for contacting the microbial biomass with the metal containing solutions are the key issues. Much of the recent commercial R ampersand D has emphasized commercially available, inert, microbial biomass sources as these can be acquired in sufficient quantities at affordable costs. The fundamental research and practical applications of bioaccumulation by microalgae suggests these organisms warrant a high priority in the development of advanced bioremoval processes

  18. Literature review on the use of bioaccumulation for heavy metal removal and recovery

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    Benemann, J.R. (Benemann (J.R.), Pinole, CA (United States)); Wilde, E.W. (Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States))

    1991-02-01

    Bioaccumulation of metals by microbes -- bioremoval'' -- is a powerful new technology for the concentration, recovery, and removal of toxic heavy metals and radionuclides from waste streams and contaminated environments. Algae are particularly well suited for metal bioremoval. A recent commercial application of bioremoval utilizes inert (dead) immobilized microalgae biomass as ion exchange materials for the removal of heavy metals from industrial waste waters. Also, living microalgal cultures have been used to remove metals from mine effluents. Microbial cells and biomass can bioaccumulate metals and radionuclides by a large variety of mechanisms, both dependent and independent of cell metabolism. Microbial cell walls can act as ion exchange and metal complexation agents. Heavy metals can precipitate and even crystallize on cell surfaces. Metabolically produced hydrogen sulfide or other metabolic products can bioprecipitate heavy metals. Many microbes produce both intra- and extracellular metal complexing agents which could be considered in practical metal removal processes. Bioremoval processes are greatly affected by the microbial species and even strain used, pH, redox potential, temperature, and other conditions under which the microbes are grown. Development of practical applications of bioremoval requires applies research using the particular waste solutions to be treated, or close simulations thereof. From a practical perspective, the selection of the microbial biomass and the process for contacting the microbial biomass with the metal containing solutions are the key issues. Much of the recent commercial R D has emphasized commercially available, inert, microbial biomass sources as these can be acquired in sufficient quantities at affordable costs. The fundamental research and practical applications of bioaccumulation by microalgae suggests these organisms warrant a high priority in the development of advanced bioremoval processes.

  19. Literature review on the use of bioaccumulation for heavy metal removal and recovery. Volume 2

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    Benemann, J.R. [Benemann (J.R.), Pinole, CA (United States); Wilde, E.W. [Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)

    1991-02-01

    Bioaccumulation of metals by microbes -- `` bioremoval`` -- is a powerful new technology for the concentration, recovery, and removal of toxic heavy metals and radionuclides from waste streams and contaminated environments. Algae are particularly well suited for metal bioremoval. A recent commercial application of bioremoval utilizes inert (dead) immobilized microalgae biomass as ion exchange materials for the removal of heavy metals from industrial waste waters. Also, living microalgal cultures have been used to remove metals from mine effluents. Microbial cells and biomass can bioaccumulate metals and radionuclides by a large variety of mechanisms, both dependent and independent of cell metabolism. Microbial cell walls can act as ion exchange and metal complexation agents. Heavy metals can precipitate and even crystallize on cell surfaces. Metabolically produced hydrogen sulfide or other metabolic products can bioprecipitate heavy metals. Many microbes produce both intra- and extracellular metal complexing agents which could be considered in practical metal removal processes. Bioremoval processes are greatly affected by the microbial species and even strain used, pH, redox potential, temperature, and other conditions under which the microbes are grown. Development of practical applications of bioremoval requires applies research using the particular waste solutions to be treated, or close simulations thereof. From a practical perspective, the selection of the microbial biomass and the process for contacting the microbial biomass with the metal containing solutions are the key issues. Much of the recent commercial R&D has emphasized commercially available, inert, microbial biomass sources as these can be acquired in sufficient quantities at affordable costs. The fundamental research and practical applications of bioaccumulation by microalgae suggests these organisms warrant a high priority in the development of advanced bioremoval processes.

  20. Magnetic EDTA: coupling heavy metal chelators to metal nanomagnets for rapid removal of cadmium, lead and copper from contaminated water.

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    Koehler, Fabian M; Rossier, Michael; Waelle, Markus; Athanassiou, Evagelos K; Limbach, Ludwig K; Grass, Robert N; Günther, Detlef; Stark, Wendelin J

    2009-08-28

    Attachment of EDTA-like chelators to carbon coated metal nanomagnets results in a magnetic reagent for the rapid removal of heavy metals from solutions or contaminated water by three orders of magnitude to concentrations as low as microg L(-1). PMID:19652806

  1. Poultry litter-based activated carbon for removing heavy metal ions in water.

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    Guo, Mingxin; Qiu, Guannan; Song, Weiping

    2010-02-01

    Utilization of poultry litter as a precursor material to manufacture activated carbon for treating heavy metal-contaminated water is a value-added strategy for recycling the organic waste. Batch adsorption experiments were conducted to investigate kinetics, isotherms, and capacity of poultry litter-based activated carbon for removing heavy metal ions in water. It was revealed that poultry litter-based activated carbon possessed significantly higher adsorption affinity and capacity for heavy metals than commercial activated carbons derived from bituminous coal and coconut shell. Adsorption of metal ions onto poultry litter-based carbon was rapid and followed Sigmoidal Chapman patterns as a function of contact time. Adsorption isotherms could be described by different models such as Langmuir and Freundlich equations, depending on the metal species and the coexistence of other metal ions. Potentially 404 mmol of Cu2+, 945 mmol of Pb2+, 236 mmol of Zn2+, and 250-300 mmol of Cd2+ would be adsorbed per kg of poultry litter-derived activated carbon. Releases of nutrients and metal ions from litter-derived carbon did not pose secondary water contamination risks. The study suggests that poultry litter can be utilized as a precursor material for economically manufacturing granular activated carbon that is to be used in wastewater treatment for removing heavy metals. PMID:19783133

  2. Elastomeric Nanocomposite Foams for the Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water.

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    Chavan, Asmita A; Li, Hongbo; Scarpellini, Alice; Marras, Sergio; Manna, Liberato; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Fragouli, Despina

    2015-07-15

    We report the fabrication and utilization of elastomeric polymer nanocomposite foams for the efficient removal of Pb2+ and Hg2+ heavy metal ions from polluted water. The polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) foams are properly modified in order to become hydrophilic and allow the polluted water to penetrate in their volume. The ZnSe colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) that decorate the surface of the foams, act as active components able to entrap the metal ions. In this way, after the dipping of the nanocomposite foams in water polluted with Pb2+ or Hg2+, a cation exchange reaction takes place, and the heavy metal ions are successfully removed. The removal capacity for the Pb2+ ions exceeds 98% and the removal of Hg2+ ions approaches almost 100% in the studied concentrations region of 20-40 ppm. The reaction is concluded after 24 h, but it should be noticed that after the first hour, more than 95% of both the metal ions is removed. The color of the foams changes upon heavy metal ions entrapment, providing thus the opportunity of an easy detection of the presence of the ions in water. Taking into account that the fabricated foams provide good elastic properties and resistance to heat, they can be used in different conditions of water remediation. PMID:26133912

  3. The use of biosorbents for heavy metals removal from aqueous media

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    Biomaterials, which could be adsorbed heavy metals, such bacteria, algae, yeasts, fungi and agricultural waste, is called Biomass. Recently, they are widely used for heavy metal removal from aqueous media, due to their large available quantities, low cost and good performance. The biosorbent, unlike mono functional ion exchange resins, contains variety of functional sites including carboxyl, imidazole, sulphydryl, amino, phosphate, sulfate, thioether, phenol, carbonyl, amide and hydroxyl moieties. In this paper, the biosorbents word widely and nationally used for heavy metal removal were reviewed. Their biosorption performance, their pretreatment and modification, aiming to improve their sorption capacity, and regeneration/reuse was introduced and evaluated. The potential application of biosorption and biosorbents was discussed. (author)

  4. Simultaneous heavy metals removal and municipal sewage sludge dewaterability improvement in bioleaching processes by various inoculums.

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    Shi, Chaohong; Zhu, Nengwu; Shang, Ru; Kang, Naixin; Wu, Pingxiao

    2015-11-01

    The heavy metals content and dewaterability of municipal sewage sludge (MSS) are important parameters affecting its subsequent disposal and land application. Six kinds of inoculums were prepared to examine the characteristics of heavy metals removal and MSS dewaterability improvement in bioleaching processes. The results showed that Cu, Zn and Cd bioleaching efficiencies (12 days) were 81-91, 87-93 and 81-89 %, respectively, which were significantly higher than those of Fe-S control (P minerals mainly consisting of iron, oxygen and sulfur elements. The results above demonstrated that bacterial consortium enriched from acid mine drainage (AMD) was suitable to boost sludge bioleaching for heavy metals removal and dewaterability improvement. It also suggested that the synergy of sulfur/ferrous-oxidizing bacteria (SFOB) enriched from AMD and the cooperation of exogenous and indigenous SFOB significantly promoted bioleaching efficiencies. PMID:26271772

  5. A review on progress of heavy metal removal using adsorbents of microbial and plant origin.

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    Srivastava, Shalini; Agrawal, S B; Mondal, M K

    2015-10-01

    Heavy metals released into the water bodies and on land surfaces by industries are highly toxic and carcinogenic in nature. These heavy metals create serious threats to all the flora and fauna due to their bioaccumulatory and biomagnifying nature at various levels of food chain. Existing conventional technologies for heavy metal removal are witnessing a downfall due to high operational cost and generation of huge quantity of chemical sludge. Adsorption by various adsorbents appears to be a potential alternative of conventional technologies. Its low cost, high efficiency, and possibility of adsorbent regeneration for reuse and recovery of metal ions for various purposes have allured the scientists to work on this technique. The present review compiles the exhaustive information available on the utilization of bacteria, algae, fungi, endophytes, aquatic plants, and agrowastes as source of adsorbent in adsorption process for removal of heavy metals from aquatic medium. During the last few years, a lot of work has been conducted on development of adsorbents after modification with various chemical and physical techniques. Adsorption of heavy metal ions is a complex process affected by operating conditions. As evident from the literature, Langmuir and Freundlich are the most widely used isotherm models, while pseudo first and second order are popularly studied kinetic models. Further, more researches are required in continuous column system and its practical application in wastewater treatment. PMID:26315592

  6. Sorptive removal of technetium from alkaline heavy metals sludge filtrate containing nitrate ion

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    A so-called raffinate waste stream is generated from various uranium recovery and equipment cleaning and decontamination activities at the X-705 facility of the Portsmouth (Ohio) Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS). The day-to-day composition of this waste stream may be variable, but it is generally characterized by high concentrations of nitric acid, toxic heavy metals, and low levels of radioactive nuclides (235U, 99Tc). Some laboratory analysis results for a subsample of typical raffinate from PORTS are given. This paper also lists some regulatory water standards for comparison purposes (note that different standards may be applicable, depending on jurisdiction and intended water usage). Current treatment protocol for the raffinate stream consists of the following: first, dilution and pH adjustment (to a value of about 8.5) to precipitate the hydrolyzable heavy metals; then, filtration to remove the heavy metals sludge (HMS); next, processing of the filtrate with a strong-base anion exchange resin to remove the soluble pertechnetate (TcO4-) ion; next, biodenitrification; and last, sewage disposal. The effectiveness of the heavy metals precipitation unit operation is illustrated; most heavy metals (including uranium) are reduced from very high concentrations in the raffinate to levels in the HMS filtrate which are below regulatory concern

  7. USING BIOPOLYMERS TO REMOVE HEAVY METALS FROM SOIL AND WATER

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    Chemical remediation of soil may involve the use of harsh chemicals that generate waste streams, which may adversely affect the soil's integrity and ability to support vegetation. This article reviews the potential use of benign reagents, such as biopolymers, to extract heavy me...

  8. EDTA Removal of Heavy Metals from Contaminated Soils Using Column Leaching Experiments (Continuous and Pulse Modes

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Consequences of heavy metal accumulation in soils are of great concern. One way of decontaminating heavy metals from soils is using chelating agents, particularly EDTA. In this research, three contaminated soils (with total concentration of these metals of 10.5, 55.8 and 80.6 mmol kg-1 were collected from the surface layer of the lands surrounding a zinc-lead smelting plant in Zanjan province. The extent of Zn, Pb and Cd release by Na2H2EDTA (100 mmol kg-1 of dry soil from these soils in column leaching experiments (both continuous and pulse addition methods assembled into half of saturated hydraulic conductivity was assessed. In preliminary experiments, the leaching was stopped due to a drop in hydraulic conductivity. Therefore, the continuous addition method was performed with calcium nitrate as the background solution and the pulse addition method was conducted using this background solution coupled with pH adjustment to 8. Based on the results, the percentage removal of Cd as well as Pb was relatively the same for the two addition methods while the removal of Zn was 13% on average higher in the continuous addition method than in the pulse addition method. For both methods, the removal efficiencies followed the order of complex stability constants (as Pb>Zn>Cd in a limited concentration range of EDTA to complex heavy metals. Furthermore, in contrast to Cd and Pb, a direct linear relationship was found between the percentage removal of Pb and its total amount in the soils. Surprisingly, the Pb concentration was on average only about one-twentieth of the Zn concentration. The breakthrough curves of both methods showed the mobility order of Cd>Zn>Pb. In general, it seems that the removal pattern of soil heavy metals is dependent not only on the soil type but also on the removal method.

  9. Comparison of Amberlite IR 120 and dolomite's performances for removal of heavy metals

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    The presence of heavy metals in the environment is major concern due to their toxicity. Contamination of heavy metals in water supplies has steadily increased over the last years as a result of over population and expansion of industrial activities. A strong cation-exchange resin, Amberlite IR 120 and a natural zeolite, dolomite were used for the removal of lead(II) and cadmium(II). The optimum conditions were determined in a batch system as concentration range was between 5 and 100 mg/L, pH range between 1 and 8, contact time between 5 and 90 min, and the amount of adsorbent was from 0.1 to 1 g. A constant stirring speed, 2000 rpm, was chosen during all of the experiments. The optimum conditions were found to be a concentration of 20 mg/L, pH of 5, contact time of 60 min and 0.5 g of adsorbent. Also, for investigation of exchange equilibria different amounts of ion exchange resin and dolomite were contacted with a fixed volume and concentration of a heavy metal bearing solutions. Sorption data have been interpreted in terms of Langmuir and Freundlich equations. The effect of adsorption temperature on the heavy metals adsorption onto dolomite was investigated at three different temperatures (20, 40 and 60 deg. C). Thermodynamic parameters were calculated. The results obtained show that the Amberlite IR 120 strong cation-exchange resin and dolomite performed well for the removal of these heavy metals. As a low cost adsorbent, dolomite can preferable for removal of heavy metals from wastewaters

  10. Plasmid Mediated Tolerance and Removal of Heavy Metals by Enterobacter sp

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The role of plasmid in the heavy metal resistance and accumulation by endophytic bacteria was investigated. Approach: The experimental results showed that high level plasmid mediated Cd2+ and Zn2+ resistance in this strain is due to decreased Cd2+ and/or Zn2+ uptake/accumulation by resistance strain. Results: Based on the fact that subsequent plasmid curing experiments demonstrated that the ability to grow in presence of Cd2+and Zn2+ was encoded by the 98 kb plasmid, whereas the ability to grow in presence of Pb2+ appeared to be encoded by the chromosome. The Cd2+ and Zn2+ removal capacity of the respective metal resistant strain (pBN4 were about 36 and 45 µg g-1 DW respectively, while the removal capacity of the both metal by sensitive variant showed a significant high Cd2+ and Zn2+ removal capacity of 153 and 228 µg g-1 DW respectively. Conclusion: The isolated endophytic Enterobacter was not only tolerant to heavy metals, but also bound considerable amount of heavy metals from the growth medium. The biosorbed order of the metals by parental strain and its cured derivatives strain based on the cell dry weight was found to be in the order of Pb2+> Zn2+>Cd2+.

  11. Removal and treatment of radioactive, organochlorine, and heavy metal

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    A decontamination system was tested on concrete and steel surfaces contaminated with radioactive (238U and 99Tc) and hazardous (PCBs and lead) waste in Oak Ridge, TN. The principal objectives of this on-site soda blasting demonstration project were to evaluate the effectiveness of decontamination by blasting with sodium bicarbonate and to minimize waste volume by dissolving and treating blasting residuals through a wastewater treatment system. Areas of concrete floors and columns and steel and aluminum surfaces were selected to evaluate the soda blasting process. Testing evaluated six operating variables: air pressure, water pressure, nozzle orifice diameter, nozzle orifice design, media type, and media flow rate. Spent blasting media was mixed with water for treatment. The treatment system comprised pH adjustment, chemical precipitation, solids removal, carbon adsorption, and ion exchange. Removal rates from blasting averaged between 95 and 100% beta/gamma and non-quantifiable to 100% alpha for surfaces tested using selected blasing parameters. The non-quantifiable percent removals for alpha resulted from initial readings which approached background levels. In each test, the post blast alpha readings were below the release limit of 5000 dpm. The waste volume reduction system effectively removed more than 97% of uranium and more than 99 percent of lead and PCBs. Ion exchange column testing results demonstrated technetium removal to below the 100 pCi/l treatment objective for both resins. Testing results demonstrated that this soda blasting/waste residuals treatment system provided a 70% reduction in waste volume as compared to blasting without treatment. The system removed fixed radioactive and hazardous surface contamination, while leaving the surface intact, and produced water meeting stringent water quality criteria and residual solid waste requiring off-site management

  12. Removal of Some Heavy Metals from Wastewater using Radiation- Adsorption Method

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    Wastewater containing toxic materials poses a serious environmental problem. Many of the pollutants are not readily biodegradable and complete removal in many cases is a relatively expensive process. On the other hand, incomplete removal is a serious health hazard. In the present study, a try was made to explain the degradation kinetics due to gamma-irradiation and adsorption of some heavy metals: Uranium, Molybdenum, Zirconium, and Vanadium. Factors affecting the process such as concentration, irradiation dose and ph of the solution was studied. Gamma-radiation doses up to 50 kGy did not result in the degradation of the heavy metals. However, as expected gamma radiation resulted in a change in the valency of these heavy metal ions to other oxidation states which may have resulted in less toxicity. Adsorption and ion-exchange purification of the heavy metals onto GAC,Merck Ion Exchangers I, and IV and polymeric membranes showed that GAC has the highest adsorption capacity for all pollutants compared with the ion-exchangers and polymeric membranes which may be due to its very high surface area and high porous nature which causes internal and external distribution within the carbon particle more than it dose in the case of polymeric membranes and ion-exchangers. GAC was followed by the cation exchanger with different percent adsorption according to the type of pollutant and the least removal percent was shown by the polymeric membranes. Also, a study of the affinity of the pollutants towards the different adsorbents was carried out

  13. Heavy metal removal from acid mine drainage by calcined eggshell and microalgae hybrid system.

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    Choi, Hee-Jeong; Lee, Seung-Mok

    2015-09-01

    This study investigates the use of calcined eggshells and microalgae for the removal of heavy metals from acid mine drainage (AMD) and the simultaneous enhancement of biomass productivity. The experiment was conducted over a period of 6 days in a hybrid system containing calcined eggshells and the microalgae Chlorella vulgaris. The results show that the biomass productivity increased to ~8.04 times its initial concentration of 0.367 g/L as measured by an optical panel photobioreactor (OPPBR) and had a light transmittance of 95 % at a depth of 305 mm. On the other hand, the simultaneous percent removal of Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn, As, and Cd from the AMD effluent was found to be 99.47 to 100 %. These results indicate that the hybrid system with calcined eggshells and microalgae was highly effective for heavy metal removal in the AMD. PMID:25940497

  14. Removal of Heavy Metal from Contaminated Water by Biopolymer Crab Shell Chitosan

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The study focuses on potential of using crab shell chitosan as a low-cost biosorbent, for heavy metals removal from aqueous solutions in an adsorption filtration system. Chitosan was synthesized from chitin by the treatment of strong alkali solution under reflux condition and chitin was extracted from crab shell followed by decalcification and deproteinization treatment. Spectrometric (AA and UV method was employed to detect the heavy metals concentration. Prepared 10 mg L-1 solutions of zinc, lead, cadmium, cobalt, nickel, chromium, manganese and iron were passed through the 5 g of chitosan separately and it was found that chitosan was excellent adsorbent in removing mentioned heavy metals. The removal efficiency of chitosan was in the following order Mn>Cd>Zn>Co>Ni>Fe>Pb>Cr. The result also showed that the time required for 100% breakthrough of prepared chitosan for Mn and Zn was approximately 27 and 23 h whereas it was only 16 h for both Cr and Pb, respectively. The research revealed that prepared chitosan showed better removal performance for Mn, Cd, Zn whereas the removal efficiency was satisfactory for Co, Ni and Fe but it exhibited relatively least performance for Pb and Cr.

  15. In vitro removal of toxic heavy metals by poly(?-glutamic acid-coated superparamagnetic nanoparticles

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Baskaran Stephen Inbaraj,1 Bing-Huei Chen1,21Department of Food Science, 2Graduate Institute of Medicine, Fu Jen University, Taipei, TaiwanBackground: Chelation therapy involving organic chelators for treatment of heavy metal intoxication can cause cardiac arrest, kidney overload, mineral deficiency, and anemia.Methods: In this study, superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs modified with an edible biopolymer poly(?-glutamic acid (PGA were synthesized by coprecipitation method, characterized and evaluated for their removal efficiency of heavy metals from a metal solution, and simulated gastrointestinal fluid (SGIF.Results: Instrumental characterization of bare- and PGA-SPIONs revealed 7% coating of PGA on SPIONs with a spherical shape and an iron oxide spinel structure belonging to magnetite. The particle sizes as determined from transmission electron microscopy images were 8.5 and 11.7 nm for bare- and PGA-SPIONs, respectively, while the magnetization values were 70.3 and 61.5 emu/g. Upon coating with PGA, the zeta potentials were shifted from positive to negative at most of the environmental pH (3–8 and biological pH (1–8, implying good dispersion in aqueous suspension and favorable conditions for heavy metal removal. Batch studies showed rapid removal of lead and cadmium with the kinetic rates estimated by pseudo-second-order model being 0.212 and 0.424 g/mg•min, respectively. A maximum removal occurred in the pH range 4–8 in deionized water and 5–8 in SGIF corresponding to most gastrointestinal pH except for the stomach. Addition of different ionic strengths (0.001–1 M sodium acetate and essential metals (Cu, Fe, Zn, Mg, Ca, and K did not show any marked influence on lead removal by PGA-SPIONs, but significantly reduced the binding of cadmium. Compared to deionized water, the lead removal from SGIF was high at all pH with the Langmuir monolayer removal capacity being 98.70 mg/g for the former and 147.71 mg/g for the latter. However, a lower cadmium removal capacity was shown for SGIF (23.15 mg/g than for deionized water (31.13 mg/g.Conclusion: These results suggest that PGA-SPIONs could be used as a metal chelator for clinical treatment of metal poisoning.Keywords: superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, poly(?-glutamic acid, heavy metals, chelation therapy, gastrointestinal pH, kinetics

  16. Removal of heavy metals by biosorption using freshwater alga Spirogyra hyalina.

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    Kumar, J I Nirmal; Oommen, Cini

    2012-01-01

    The use of biosorbents for heavy metal removal has revealed enormous potential of algae for biosorption. The dried biomass of Spirogyra hyalina was used as biosorbent for removal of cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb), arsenic (As) and cobalt (Co) from aqueous solutions atdifferent initial concentrations of the heavy metals and contact time of the biomass. The results showed that highest amount of Cd, Hg and As was adsorbed when the initial heavy metal concentration was 40 mg l(-1) whereas Pb and Co exhibited greatest removal at 80 mg l(-1). The value of Freundlich model constant (1/n) for different metals ranged from 0.342 to 0.693 and the values of Langmuir separation factor values (R(L)) varied between 0.114 and 0.719 that indicated favorable biosorption by the biomass. The order of metal uptake for the dried biomass was found to be Hg>Pb>Cd>As>Co. The finding of the study revealed that dried biomass of S. hyalina has much potential as a biosorbent for the sorption of Cd, Hg, Pb, As and Co. PMID:23033639

  17. Removal of Heavy Metal from Contaminated Soil with Chelating Agents

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    Removal of copper and nickel by the addition of the biodegradable chelating agent, chitosan and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), was investigated, alongside the reaction of a reference compound sodium citrate for comparison. The artificial-contaminated soils were used in this study. The experiments showed that the extraction ability for copper and nickel from the contaminated soil decreased as follows: chitosan > EDTA > sodium citrate. The pH value of the eluents is the key to c...

  18. Removal Efficiency of Heavy Metals Using Various Resins and Natural Materials

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Heavy metals found in local water are an environmental concern. These metals are potentially harmful since they can bio-accumulate in organisms and have been classified as toxic and/or carcinogenic. In this study, water was collected from a shipyard located on a bayou. Various materials (chitosan, mixed bed and amphoteric resins were tested to determine their efficiency for metal remediation. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP/MS was used to quantify the efficiency of the materials examined. Overall, amphoteric resin was found to be the most efficient for a greater number of metals examined (Al, Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, followed by mixed bed which most efficiently removed As and Fe. Chitosan showed the poorest efficiency for metal removal.

  19. Rhizofiltration - the use of plants to remove heavy metals from aqueous streams

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    Raskin, I.; Dushenkov, V.; Kumar, P.B.A.N.; Motto, H. [Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States)

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    Heavy metal pollution of water is a major environmental problem facing the modern world. Rhizofiltration - the use of plant roots to remove heavy metals from water is an emerging environmental clean-up technology. Roots of many hydroponically grown terrestrial plants e.g. Indian mustard, sunflower (Hefianthus annuus L.) and various grasses effectively removed toxic metals such as CU{sup -2}, Cd{sup +2}Cr{sup +6}, Ni{sup +2}Pb{sup +2} and Zn{sup +2} from aqueous solutions. Roots of B. juncea concentrated these metals 131 to 563-fold (on a DW basis) above initial solution concentrations. Pb removal was based on tissue absorption and on root-mediated Pb precipitation in the form of insoluble inorganic compounds, mainly Pb phosphate. At high Pb concentrations precipitation played a progressively more important role in Pb removal than tissue absorption, which saturated at approximately 100 {mu}g Pb/g DW root. Dried roots were much less effective than live roots in accumulating Pb and in removing Pb from the solution.

  20. Heavy metal ion removal by adsorption on to biological materials

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    The development of regulations constraints in the industrial waste-waters management leads to the study of new treatment processes, using raw or functionalized biological materials. These processes show competitive performances in metal ion sorption efficiency for the low metal content effluents. Uptake capacities of Uranium as high as 400 mg.g-1 chitosan, equivalent to the double of the uptake capacity of fungal origin biomass, can be reached. The application of these processes to real mine wastewaters gives efficiency coefficient upper to 90%, the residual concentrations are compatible to a direct injection into the environment. The grafting of functional groups onto the chitosan scales up the sorption performances to uptake capacity upper than 600 mg.g-1 polymer. pH, metal concentration are cited as major parameters, particle size influences both uptake kinetics and sorption equilibrium, in the case of the uranium accumulation by chitosan. The desorption of uranium from the sorbent allows the valorization of uranium and the re-use of the sorbent. (authors). 21 refs., 10 figs

  1. Removal of heavy metals in wastewater by membrane bioreactor: effects of flux and suction period

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    The effects of flux and suction period on the removal of selected heavy metals including nickel, arsenic, cadmium, antimony and lead by membrane bioreactor was investigated. The sludge-age was arranged as 25 days and MLSS concentration was about 13 g/L. The flux was increased from 13 to 26 L/m2-h to understand the effects of flux on the removals. Moreover, to understand the effect of bio-film formation on the membrane plate surfaces, different samples were taken at different periods of the suction cycle. COD removal during the study was over 95%. Influent concentration of each of the heavy metals spiked directly to the wastewater was about 100 meu g/L. Effluent concentrations of cadmium and lead were under the limit of detection in all samples meaning that all the cadmium and lead were removed. Removals of over 50, 96, and 95% for arsenic, nickel and antimony were achieved, respectively. The highest removal was achieved in the first minute of the suction where the metals were accumulated in the surface biomass. (author)

  2. Removal of heavy metals from toxic wastes using composite polypyrrole films

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    In this paper, we will present a new method of removal of heavy metals such as Pb2+, Ni+2, Ca+2, Cd+2 from contaminated waters or toxic wastes by using conductive polymer films. Procedures used in the preparation of composite polypyrrole films will be discussed. These films, when electrodeposited on the electrode, are capable of fast and efficient incorporation of any heavy metals which exist in aqueous solution in the form of cations by applying suitable potential step. To track the incorporation or release of heavy metals from the film, the Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance (EQCM) has been used. The EQCM technique, as a sensitive piezoelectric sensor offers a direct and open-quotes in-situclose quotes measurement of ion selectivity and ion dynamics in these conductive polymer films. The selectivity coefficients for a variety of heavy metals versus Na+ were evaluated. An electrochemical post-treatment step restores the incorporation capacity of the composite polymer for heavy metals to its initial state

  3. Sewage sludge ash to phosphorus fertiliser: Variables influencing heavy metal removal during thermochemical treatment

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    The aim of this study was to improve the removal of heavy metals from sewage sludge ash by a thermochemical process. The resulting detoxified ash was intended for use as a raw material rich in phosphorus (P) for inorganic fertiliser production. The thermochemical treatment was performed in a rotary kiln where the evaporation of relevant heavy metals was enhanced by additives. The four variables investigated for process optimisation were treatment temperature, type of additive (KCl, MgCl2) and its amount, as well as type of reactor (directly or indirectly heated rotary kiln). The removal rates of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn and of Ca, P and Cl were investigated. The best overall removal efficiency for Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn could be found for the indirectly heated system. The type of additive was critical, since MgCl2 favours Zn- over Cu-removal, while KCl acts conversely. The use of MgCl2 caused less particle abrasion from the pellets in the kiln than KCl. In the case of the additive KCl, liquid KCl - temporarily formed in the pellets - acted as a barrier to heavy metal evaporation as long as treatment temperatures were not sufficiently high to enhance its reaction or evaporation

  4. Preparation and characterisation of biodegradable pollen-chitosan microcapsules and its application in heavy metal removal.

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    Sarg?n, ?dris; Kaya, Murat; Arslan, Gulsin; Baran, Talat; Ceter, Talip

    2015-02-01

    Biosorbents have been widely used in heavy metal removal. New resources should be exploited to develop more efficient biosorbents. This study reports the preparation of three novel chitosan microcapsules from pollens of three common, wind-pollinated plants (Acer negundo, Cupressus sempervirens and Populus nigra). The microcapsules were characterized (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy and elemental analysis) and used in removal of heavy metal ions: Cd(II), Cr(III), Cu(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II). Their sorption capacities were compared to those of cross-linked chitosan beads without pollen grains. C. sempervirens-chitosan microcapsules exhibited better performance (Cd(II): 65.98; Cu(II): 67.10 and Zn(II): 49.55 mg g(-1)) than the other microcapsules and the cross-linked beads. A. negundo-chitosan microcapsules were more efficient in Cr(III) (70.40 mg g(-1)) removal. P. nigra-chitosan microcapsules were found to be less efficient. Chitosan-pollen microcapsules (except P. nigra-chitosan microcapsules) can be used in heavy metal removal. PMID:25479387

  5. Chitosan membrane development and design of equipment for the removal of heavy metals from water

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    A filtration technique has compared with 1,75% m/v chitosan membranes, crosslinked with glutaraldehyde (0,08% m/v) and without cross link, to quantify the removal capacity of chromium, copper and cadmium ions of model solutions. In addition, a simple and low cost equipment was developed to use with prepared membranes. The main goal has been to use biodegradable materials for removing heavy metals from water, through a low energy consumption, cheap, and applicable to specific problems. Two data sheets were prepared for the membranes and was found that chromium was the metal with the highest removal from water, by using a crosslinked membrane. Metal adsorption was best adjusted to the Freundlich isotherm model, better than Langmuir isotherm model. However, no correlation has been found between pore size of the membranes and crosslinking degree. (author)

  6. Heavy metals removal from aqueous environments by electrocoagulation process- a systematic review.

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    Bazrafshan, Edris; Mohammadi, Leili; Ansari-Moghaddam, Alireza; Mahvi, Amir Hossein

    2015-01-01

    Heavy metals pollution has become a more serious environmental problem in the last several decades as a result releasing toxic materials into the environment. Various techniques such as physical, chemical, biological, advanced oxidation and electrochemical processes were used for the treatment of domestic, industrial and agricultural effluents. The commonly used conventional biological treatments processes are not only time consuming but also need large operational area. Accordingly, it seems that these methods are not cost-effective for effluent containing toxic elements. Advanced oxidation techniques result in high treatment cost and are generally used to obtain high purity grade water. The chemical coagulation technique is slow and generates large amount of sludge. Electrocoagulation is an electrochemical technique with many applications. This process has recently attracted attention as a potential technique for treating industrial wastewater due to its versatility and environmental compatibility. This process has been applied for the treatment of many kinds of wastewater such as landfill leachate, restaurant, carwash, slaughterhouse, textile, laundry, tannery, petroleum refinery wastewater and for removal of bacteria, arsenic, fluoride, pesticides and heavy metals from aqueous environments. The objective of the present manuscript is to review the potential of electrocoagulation process for the treatment of domestic, industrial and agricultural effluents, especially removal of heavy metals from aqueous environments. About 100 published studies (1977-2016) are reviewed in this paper. It is evident from the literature survey articles that electrocoagulation are the most frequently studied for the treatment of heavy metal wastewater. PMID:26512324

  7. On the use of biosurfactants for the removal of heavy metals from oil-contaminated soil

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    Mulligan, C.N. [Concordia Univ., Montreal, Quebec (Canada). Dept. of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Yong, R.N. [Univ. of Wales, Cardiff (United Kingdom); Gibbs, B.F. [Bivan Consultants Inc., Montreal, Quebec (Canada). Environmental Div.

    1999-05-01

    The feasibility of using biodegradable biosurfactants to remove heavy metals from an oil-contaminated soil was evaluated by batch washes with surfactin, a rhamnolipid and a sophorolipid. The soil contained 890 mg/kg of zinc and 420 mg/kg of copper with a 12.6% oil and grease content. Highest levels of zinc removal were obtained using 12% rhamnolipid and 4% sophorolipid/0.7% HCl. Highest copper removal rates were achieved with 12% rhamnolipid or with 2% rhamnolipid/1% NaOH or 0.25% surfactin/1% NaOH. A series of five batch washes removed 70% of the copper with 0.1% surfactin/1% NaOH while 4% sophorolipid/0.7% HCl was able to remove 100% of the zinc. Sequential extraction procedures showed that the carbonate and oxide fractions accounted for over 90% of the zinc present in the soil and the organic fraction in the soil constituted over 70% of the copper. Sequential extraction of the soil after washing with the surfactin or rhamnolipid indicated that these surfactants could remove the organically-bound copper and that the sophorolipid with acid could remove the carbonate and oxide-bound zinc. In conclusion, the results clearly indicated the feasibility of removing the metals with the anionic biosurfactants tested even though the exchangeable metal fractions were very low.

  8. Potential immobilized Saccharomyces cerevisiae as heavy metal removal

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    Raffar, Nur Izzati Abdul; Rahman, Nadhratul Nur Ain Abdul; Alrozi, Rasyidah; Senusi, Faraziehan; Chang, Siu Hua

    2015-05-01

    Biosorption of copper ion using treated and untreated immobilized Saccharomyces cerevisiae from aqueous solution was investigate in this study. S.cerevisiae has been choosing as biosorbent due to low cost, easy and continuously available from various industries. In this study, the ability of treated and untreated immobilized S.cerevisiae in removing copper ion influence by the effect of pH solution, and initial concentration of copper ion with contact time. Besides, adsorption isotherm and kinetic model also studied. The result indicated that the copper ion uptake on treated and untreated immobilized S.cerevisiae was increased with increasing of contact time and initial concentration of copper ion. The optimum pH for copper ion uptake on untreated and treated immobilized S.cerevisiae at 4 and 6. From the data obtained of copper ion uptake, the adsorption isotherm was fitted well by Freundlich model for treated immobilized S.cerevisiae and Langmuir model for untreated immobilized S.cerevisiae according to high correlation coefficient. Meanwhile, the pseudo second order was described as suitable model present according to high correlation coefficient. Since the application of biosorption process has been received more attention from numerous researchers as a potential process to be applied in the industry, future study will be conducted to investigate the potential of immobilized S.cerevisiae in continuous process.

  9. Acidification of Harbour sediment and removal of heavy metals induced by water splitting in electrodialytic remediation.

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    NystrØm, Gunvor Marie; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.

    2005-01-01

    Harbor sediments are often contaminated with heavy metals, which can be removed by electrodialytic remediation. Water splitting at the anion exchange membrane in contact with the contaminated material in electrodialytic remediation is highly important for the removal of heavy metals. Here it was investigated how acidification caused by water splitting at the anion exchange membrane during electrodialytic remediation of contaminated harbor sediment and hence the metal removal, was influenced by different experimental conditions. Two different experimental cells were tested, where the number of compartments and ion exchange membranes differed. Totally, 14 electrodialytic experiments were made, with varying remediation time, current densities, and liquid to solid ratio (L/S). pH in the sediment decreased slightly after 1 day of remediation, even if the sediment had a high buffering capacity, suggesting that water splitting at the anion exchange membrane started early in the remediation process. An increase in the voltage over the cell and a decrease in the electrical conductivity in the sediment suspension also indicated that the water splitting started within 1 day of remediation. When the sediment was acidified, the voltage decreased and electrical conductivity increased. After 5 days of remediation the sediment was acidified at the chosen current density (1 mA/cm(2)) and the main metal removal was observed shortly after. Thus it was crucial for the metal removal that the sediment was fully acidified. Lower metal removal was seen in an experimental cell with three compartments compared to five compartments, due to increased sensitivity of pH changes in the cell.

  10. Application of Novel Nanoporous Sorbents for the Removal of Heavy Metals, Metalloids, and Radionuclides

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    A new class of hybrid nanoporous materials for removing toxic heavy metals, oxyanions, and radionuclides from aqueous waste streams has been developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. These novel materials consist of functional molecules such as thiols, ethylenediamine complexed copper, and carbamoylphosphonates that are self-assembled as monolayers within the nanopores of a synthetic silica-based material. Tests indicated that these sorbents (self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous silica ? SAMMS) can achieve very high sorbate loadings (?6 meq/g) very rapidly with relatively high specificity (Kd: 1?108 ml/g). Because of the specifically tunable nature of the functionalities, these nanoporous sorbents can be targeted to remove a selected category of contaminants such as heavy metals (Ag, Cd, Cu, Hg, and Pb), oxyanions (As and Cr), and radionuclides (137Cs, 129I, 237Np, and isotopes of Pu, Th, and U) from waste streams

  11. Theoretical analysis of air classifiers used to remove heavy metals from soil

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    Extensive nuclear testing that has been conducted at the Nevada Test Site, other Department of Energy (DOE) sites, and many Naval Facilities Command (NAFAC) sites has left heavy metal radioactive contaminants such as plutonium in the soil. Environmental restoration efforts have been initiated to purify the contaminated areas. The current effort by DOE involves many different approaches including physical, chemical and biological separation. This paper presents a theoretical analysis of the potential of air classifiers used to remove heavy metals from soil. Spreadsheet calculations indicate that air classifiers in conjunction with sieves can theoretically exceed the project goal which is to remove 80% or more of the plutonium with 20% or less (by volume) of the soil

  12. Removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater by chemically modified plant wastes as adsorbents: a review.

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    Wan Ngah, W S; Hanafiah, M A K M

    2008-07-01

    The application of low-cost adsorbents obtained from plant wastes as a replacement for costly conventional methods of removing heavy metal ions from wastewater has been reviewed. It is well known that cellulosic waste materials can be obtained and employed as cheap adsorbents and their performance to remove heavy metal ions can be affected upon chemical treatment. In general, chemically modified plant wastes exhibit higher adsorption capacities than unmodified forms. Numerous chemicals have been used for modifications which include mineral and organic acids, bases, oxidizing agent, organic compounds, etc. In this review, an extensive list of plant wastes as adsorbents including rice husks, spent grain, sawdust, sugarcane bagasse, fruit wastes, weeds and others has been compiled. Some of the treated adsorbents show good adsorption capacities for Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn and Ni. PMID:17681755

  13. Synthesis of LTA zeolite on corundum supports: Preliminary assessment for heavy metal removal from waste water

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    The effectiveness of materials based on LTA Zeolite as active phase, for their incorporation into systems aimed at the removal of heavy metals on waste water is evaluated in a preliminary way. This type of Zeolite with the main channel of a minimum free diameter of 0,41 nm and a low SiO2/Al2O3 ratio is an interesting molecular sieve, which in turn display a high ion exchange capacity. From this point of view, LTA Zeolite crystals were obtained in situ by hydrothermal synthesis and characterized by x ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We have studied the effect of hydrothermal synthesis time at 378 K. Likewise, the removal capacity of heavy metal from the active phase was evaluated in as a first step on diluted solutions of cooper salts at slightly acidic pH (? 4,7). (Author) 28 refs.

  14. Efficiency of Phragmites australis and Typha latifolia for heavy metal removal from wastewater.

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    Kumari, Menka; Tripathi, B D

    2015-02-01

    A cost-effective and promising technology has been demonstrated for the removal of copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni), iron (Fe), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) from urban sewage mixed with industrial effluents within 14 days. With the help of P. australis and T. latifolia grown alone and in combination batch experiments were designed to assess the removal of heavy metals from the wastewater collected from 5 sampling stations. The results revealed that P. australis performed better than T. latifolia for Cu, Cd, Cr, Ni, Fe, Pb and Zn removal, while mixing of the plant species further enhanced the removal of Cu to 78.0±1.2%, Cd to 60.0±1.2%, Cr to 68.1±0.4%, Ni to 73.8±0.6%, Fe to 80.1±0.3%, Pb to 61.0±1.2% and Zn to 61.0±1.2% for wastewater samples from Raj Ghat. Negative correlation coefficients of Cu, Cd, Cr, Ni, Fe, Pb and Zn concentrations in wastewater with the retention time revealed that there was an increase in the heavy metal removal rate with retention time. P. australis showed higher accumulative capacities for Cu, Cd, Cr, Ni and Fe than T. latifolia. P. australis and T. latifolia grown in combination can be used for the removal of Cu, Cd, Cr, Ni, Fe, Pb and Zn from the urban sewage mixed with industrial effluents within 14 days. PMID:25463857

  15. Removal heavy metals and sulphate from waste waters by sulphate-reducing bacteria

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    Ku?nierová Mária; Luptáková Alena

    2000-01-01

    This article is devoted to the process of bacterial sulphate reduction, which is used to removal of heavy metals and sulphate ions from waste waters.The life of animals and plants depends on the existence of microscopic organisms ? microorganisms (MO), which play an important role in cycle changes of biogenic elements on the earth. The sulphur cycle in the nature is considered as one of the oldest and most significant biological systems (Fig. 1). The sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB) miss the ...

  16. The role of algae in heavy metals removal from mining wastewater

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    Benchraka, Chouaib

    2010-01-01

    Nature is the key solution for human need and problems emerging from man-made structures. Inefficiently purified industrial and municipal wastewater discharges cause so far many prominent pollution cases. In this work experimental scale algae turf scrubbers (ATS) have been used to remove excess amounts of nutrients and heavy metals from mineral wastewaters. ATS are mechanical systems designed for growing algae under controlled conditions to absorb the excess nutrients or/and pollutant...

  17. Removal of radioactive materials and heavy metals from water using magnetic resin

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    Kochen, Robert L. (Boulder, CO); Navratil, James D. (Simi Valley, CA)

    1997-01-21

    Magnetic polymer resins capable of efficient removal of actinides and heavy metals from contaminated water are disclosed together with methods for making, using, and regenerating them. The resins comprise polyamine-epichlorohydrin resin beads with ferrites attached to the surfaces of the beads. Markedly improved water decontamination is demonstrated using these magnetic polymer resins of the invention in the presence of a magnetic field, as compared with water decontamination methods employing ordinary ion exchange resins or ferrites taken separately.

  18. Removal of some heavy metals from wastewater using radiation-adsorption methods

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    In the present study, a try was made to explain the degradation kinetics due to gamma irradiation and adsorption of some heavy metals, nickel, copper and cobalt. Factors affecting the process such as concentration, irradiation dose and pH of the solution were studied. Gamma radiation doses up to 20 kGy did not result in the degradation of the valency of these metal ions to other oxidation states that may have lower toxicity. Adsorption and ion-exchange purification of the heavy metals onto GAC, Merck Ion Exchangers I, IV and polymeric membranes. This may be due to its very high surface area and high porous nature. GAC was followed by the cation exchanger and the least removal percent was shown by the polymeric membranes. Also, a study of the affinity of the pollutants towards the different adsorbents was carried out. (author)

  19. Investigation of Media Effects on Removal of Heavy Metals in Bioretention Cells

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    Gülbaz, Sezar; Melek Kazezyilmaz-Alhan, Cevza; Copty, Nadim K.

    2015-04-01

    Heavy metals are the most toxic elements at high concentrations, although some of them such as Cu and Zn are essential to plants, humans, and animals within a limited value. However, some heavy metals, such as Pb, have adverse effects even at low concentrations. Therefore, it is known that the toxic metals such as Zn, Cu and Pb in storm water runoff are serious threat for aquatic organisms. It is very important to control and reduce heavy metal concentration in urban storm water runoff. There are several methods to remove the aforementioned toxic metals such as electrolyte extraction, chemical precipitation, ion-exchange, reverse osmosis, membrane filtration, adsorption, cementation, and electrochemical treatment technologies. However, these methods are highly expensive and hard to implement for treatment of big volumes of water such as storm water. For this purpose, Low Impact Development (LID) Best Management Practices (BMPs) have become popular to collect, infiltrate, and treat toxic metals in storm water runoff in recent years. LID-BMP is a land planning method which is used to manage storm water runoff and improve water quality by reducing contaminant in storm water runoff. Bioretention is an example of LID-BMP application of which usage has recently been started in storm water treatment. Researchers have been investigating the advantages of bioretention systems and this study contributes to these research efforts by seeking for the media effects of bioretention on heavy metal removal. For this purpose, batch sorption experiments were performed to determine the distribution coefficients and retardation factor of copper (Cu), lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn) for bioretention media such as mulch, turf, local or vegetative soil, sand and gravel. Furthermore, sorption reaction kinetics of Cu, Pb and Zn are tested in order to assess the sorption equilibrium time of these metals for 5 bioretention media. The results of sorption test show that turf has higher sorption capacity than mulch and local soil for heavy metals used in the experiment. On the other hand, sand and gravel have relatively lower sorption capacities. Linear equilibrium isotherm represents sorption of these metals for all bioretention media. The highest sorption is observed for Pb followed by Cu and Zn for all bioretention media. The time required for reaching equilibrium conditions for bioretention column media is ranged from 1 to 6 hours for each metal investigated.

  20. Use of a glass residue in the removal of heavy metals from wastewater.

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    Catalfamo, Paola; Primerano, Patrizia; Arrigo, Ileana; Corigliano, Francesco

    2006-01-01

    The extraction of silica from powdered glass cullet with an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide has been proposed as an alternative to glass recycling aimed to the low temperature production of sodium silicates. The unextracted residue obtained after a counter current two-step extractive process at approximately 100 degrees C and room pressure is mainly made of calcium and sodium silicate and shows high porosity and a large surface area. We thought that it could be active as an agent for the removal of heavy metals from wastewater. In this paper the capacity of the unextracted residue of removing six metal ions (i.e., Cu2+, Ni2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, Pb2+ e Cr3+) was studied in a stirred batch reactor. The data obtained demonstrate that the removal of metal ions from wastewater is achieved with high capacity in a short time and their concentration is lowered under the legal limits without any appreciable influence from changes of physical and chemical conditions. Sodium and calcium ions take the place of heavy metals in water while pH keeps almost neutral. The exchange mechanism was identified. PMID:16948437

  1. Polyaza macroligands as potential agents for heavy metal removal from wastewater

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    Elizondo Martínez Perla

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Two polyaza macroligands N,N´-bis(2-aminobenzyl-1,2- ethanediamine (L1 and 3,6,9,12-tetraaza-4(1,2,11(1,2-dibenzo-1(1,3- piridinaciclotridecafano (L2 were characterized and investigated for their metal ion extraction capabilities. The nature of all complexes was established by spectroscopic techniques. The equilibrium constants were determined by spectrophotometric and potentiometric techniques and the residual concentration of metals in the solutions by Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS. The capacity of the ligands to remove heavy metals such as Cu(II, Ni(II, Cd(II, Zn(II and Pb(II as insoluble complexes was evaluated in wastewater from industrial effluents. These agents showed high affinity for the studied metals. The values of equilibrium constants of the isolated complexes (between 1 x 104 and 2 x 107 demonstrated the feasibility of applying these chelating agents as an alternative to remove heavy metals from industrial effluents.

  2. Removal of heavy metals from wastewater using functionalized coal fly ashes

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    Complete text of publication follows. Among inorganic pollutants, heavy metal ions are very toxic and carcinogenic in nature. The presence of heavy metals in the aquatic environment has been of the greatest concern because of their toxicity even at very low concentrations. Therefore, the removal of the toxic metal ions prior to supplying water for drinking, bathing, etc is very important. Nonetheless, the removal of the toxic metal ions from water is a very difficult task due to the high cost of treatment methods. Adsorption is by far the most versatile and widely used method for this purpose. In this study, attempts have been made to develop a low-cost adsorbent using coal fly ashes, a waste byproduct of the coal fire industry, for the removal of arsenic, aluminium, cadmium, zinc, copper, iron, lead, manganese and nickel from wastewater. After applying a washing step to the coal fly ashes, functionalized fly ash surfaces were accomplished by using several organic compounds. The effect of several parameters (contact time, temperature, time that the ashes remain functionalized, concentration of the heavy metals, solution pH) on the adsorption process was stated. Several equilibrium and kinetics treatments were also carried out, also resulting that the adsorption process was found to be exothermic in nature. Retention studies were characterised by SEM/ED-XRS, FT-IR, Raman spectrometry and electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS). The optimised retention system was applied to develop an analytical procedure for the retention of low concentrations of lead in wastewater and determination by ETAAS.

  3. Hydrothermally modified fly ash for heavy metals and dyes removal in advanced wastewater treatment

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    Visa, Maria, E-mail: maria.visa@unitbv.ro; Chelaru, Andreea-Maria, E-mail: andreea.chelaru1@yahoo.com

    2014-06-01

    Fly ash resulted from coal burning is a waste that can be used in wastewater treatment for removal of dyes and heavy metals by adsorption. Class “F” fly ash (FA), collected from the Central Heat and Power (CHP) Plant Brasov (Romania), with oxides composition SiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} over 2.4 was used for obtaining a new substrate with good adsorption capacity for dyes and heavy metals from wastewater. A new material was obtained from modified fly ash with NaOH and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HTAB) a cationic surfactant. Contact time, optimum amount of substrate and the pH corresponding to 50 mL solution of pollutants were the parameters optimized for obtaining the maximum efficiency in the adsorption process. The optimized adsorption parameters were further used in thermodynamic and kinetic studies of the adsorption processes. The adsorption kinetic mechanisms, and the substrate capacities are further discussed correlated with the surface structure (XRD), composition (EDS, FTIR), and morphology (SEM, AFM). The results indicate that the novel nano-substrate composite with fly ash modified can be used as an efficient and low cost adsorbent for simultaneous removal of dyes and heavy metals, the resulted water respects the discharge regulations.

  4. Heavy metal removal from sewage sludge ash by thermochemical treatment with polyvinylchloride.

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    Vogel, Christian; Exner, Robert M; Adam, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Sewage sludge ash (SSA) is a prospective phosphorus source for the future production of recycling P-fertilizers. Due to its high heavy metals contents and the relatively low P plant-availability, SSA must be treated before agricultural utilisation. In this paper SSA was thermochemically treated with PVC in a bench-scale rotary furnace in order to remove heavy metals via the chloride pathway. PVC has a high Cl-content of 52-53% and a high heating value that can be beneficially used for the thermochemical process. Large amounts of waste PVC are already recovered in recycling processes, but there are still some fractions that would be available for the proposed thermochemical process, for example, the low quality near-infrared(NIR)-fraction from waste separation facilities. Heavy metals were effectively removed at temperatures in the range of 800-950 °C via the gas phase by utilisation of PVC as Cl-donor. The resulting P plant-availability was comparable to SSA thermochemically treated with MgCl(2) as Cl-donor if MgO was used as an additive (Mg-donor). A further increase of the plant availability of phosphorus was achieved by acid post-treatment of the thermochemically treated SSA. PMID:23189972

  5. Removal of Heavy Metals from Industrial Wastewaters Using Local Alum and Other Conventional Coagulants-A Comparative Study

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    A.O. Ogunfowokan

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed at effective management and purification of industrial wastewaters using cheaper and locally available local alum for removal of heavy metals as a substitute to convectional coagulants. The effect of local alum, aluminum sulphate and ferric chloride on the metal contents of industrial wastewaters was investigated in the pH range of 5.9-7.5. Wastewater samples from battery, paint and textile industries were treated with different doses of locally available alum, aluminum sulphate and ferric chloride in order to determine and compare their effectiveness in removing heavy metal contents of the wastewaters. The percentage removal of the metals from the industrial wastewaters increased with mg L-l dosage of the coagulants used with optimal performance generally at a slightly alkaline pH. Local alum proved to be equally effective in removing heavy metals from the industrial wastewater samples compared with the conventional aluminum sulphate and ferric chloride.

  6. Copper removal using a heavy-metal resistant microbial consortium in a fixed-bed reactor.

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    Carpio, Isis E Mejias; Machado-Santelli, Glaucia; Sakata, Solange Kazumi; Ferreira Filho, Sidney Seckler; Rodrigues, Debora Frigi

    2014-10-01

    A heavy-metal resistant bacterial consortium was obtained from a contaminated river in São Paulo, Brazil and utilized for the design of a fixed-bed column for the removal of copper. Prior to the design of the fixed-bed bioreactor, the copper removal capacity by the live consortium and the effects of copper in the consortium biofilm formation were investigated. The Langmuir model indicated that the sorption capacity of the consortium for copper was 450.0 mg/g dry cells. The biosorption of copper into the microbial biomass was attributed to carboxyl and hydroxyl groups present in the microbial biomass. The effect of copper in planktonic cells to form biofilm under copper rich conditions was investigated with confocal microscopy. The results revealed that biofilm formed after 72 h exposure to copper presented a reduced thickness by 57% when compared to the control; however 84% of the total cells were still alive. The fixed-bed bioreactor was set up by growing the consortium biofilm on granular activated carbon (GAC) and analyzed for copper removal. The biofilm-GAC (BGAC) column retained 45% of the copper mass present in the influent, as opposed to 17% in the control column that contained GAC only. These findings suggest that native microbial communities in sites contaminated with heavy metals can be immobilized in fixed-bed bioreactors and used to treat metal contaminated water. PMID:24952346

  7. A novel route for the removal of bodily heavy metal lead (II)

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    Huang, Weirong; Zhang, Penghua; Xu, Hui; Chang, Shengli; He, Yongju; Wang, Fei; Liang, Gaowei

    2015-09-01

    The lead ion concentration in bile is considerably higher than in blood, and bile is released into the alimentary tract. Thiol-modified SBA-15 administered orally can combine with lead ions in the alimentary tract. In this paper, the in vitro lead absorption of bile was investigated. This thiol-modified SBA-15 material was used in pharmacodynamics studies on rabbits. The result that the lead content in faeces was notably higher indicates that thiol-modified SBA-15 can efficiently remove lead. The mechanism could include the following: thiol-modified SBA-15 material cuts off the heavy metal lead recirculation in the process of bile enterohepatic circulation by chelating the lead in the alimentary tract, causing a certain proportion of lead to be removed by the thiol mesoporous material, and the lead is subsequently egested out of the body in faeces. The results indicate that this material might be a potential non-injection material for the removal bodily heavy metal lead in the alimentary tract. This material may also be a useful means of lead removal, especially for non-acute sub-poisoning symptoms.

  8. Adsorptive removal of heavy metals by magnetic nanoadsorbent: an equilibrium and thermodynamic study

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    Shirsath, D. S.; Shirivastava, V. S.

    2015-11-01

    An efficient and new magnetic nanoadsorbent photocatalyst was fabricated by co-precipitation technique. This research focuses on understanding metal removal process and developing a cost-effective technology for treatment of heavy metal-contaminated industrial wastewater. In this investigation, magnetic nanoadsorbent has been employed for the removal of Zn(II) ions from aqueous solutions by a batch adsorption technique. The adsorption equilibrium data fitted very well to Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherm models. The thermodynamics of Zn(II) ions adsorption onto the magnetic nanoadsorbents indicated that the adsorption was spontaneous, endothermic and physical in nature. Surface morphology of magnetic nanoadsorbent by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and elemental analysis by EDX technique. The structural and photocatalytic properties of magnetic nanoadsorbent were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FTIR techniques. Also, the magnetic properties of synthesized magnetic nanoadsorbent were determined by vibrating spinning magnetometer (VSM).

  9. Modeling of heavy metals removal from aqueous solution using activated carbon produced from cotton stalk.

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    El Zayat, Mohamed; Smith, Edward

    2013-01-01

    Activated carbon produced from cotton stalks was examined for the removal of heavy metal contaminants. Adsorption studies in completely mixed batch reactors were used to generate equilibrium pH adsorption edges. Continuous flow experiments using the activated carbon in fixed beds were conducted to determine heavy metal breakthrough versus bed volumes treated. At given pH value in the range 5-7, the adsorption capacity was similar for copper and lead and clearly greater than for cadmium. A surface titration experiment indicated negative surface charge of the activated carbon at pH > 6, meaning that electrostatic attraction of the divalent heavy metals can occur below the pH required for precipitation. Substantive metal removal below the pH of zero charge might be due to surface complexation. Accordingly, a surface complexation model approach that utilizes an electrostatic term in the double-layer description was used to estimate equilibrium constants for the protolysis interactions of the activated carbon surface as well as equilibria between background ions used to establish ionic strength and the sorbent surface. Pb(II) adsorption edges were best modeled using inner-layer surface complexation of Pb(2+), while Cd(II) and Cu(II) data were best fit by outer-layer complexes with Me(2+). The full set of equilibrium constants were used as input in a dual-rate dynamic model to simulate the breakthrough curves of the target metals (Pb, Cu and Cd) from fixed bed experiments and to estimate external (or film) diffusion and internal (surface) diffusion coefficients. PMID:23552252

  10. Teawaste as An Adsorbent for Heavy Metal Removal from Industrial Wastewaters

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    Amir H.A. Mahvi

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Water used in industries creates a wastewater that has a potential hazard for our environment because of introducing various contaminants such as heavy metals into soil and water resources. In this study, removal of cadmium, lead and nickel from industrial wastewaters has been investigated by using teawaste as a natural adsorbent. The research is a bench scale experimental type and analyses have performed by using different amounts of adsorbent in solutions with 5 different concentrations of each metal and also in a mixed combination. Besides, the effect of various amounts of teawaste used in adsorption efficiency experiments has been investigated. Results indicate that the removal efficiency is highest for lead and is minimum for cadmium. About 94 and 100% lead removal were achieved by using 0.5 and 1.5g adsorbent for solutions having concentrations of 5 and 10 mg/L Pb. Whereas, 1.5g teawaste can treat nickel solution of 5 mg/L concentration with an efficiency of not more that 85.7%. For cadmium, the efficiency was only 77.2% in the same conditions. On the other hand, for mixtures of metals and by applying 0.5 g teawaste, we considered a 3.5% decrease in lead removal efficiency and a 13.2% decrease in nickel adsorption for a mixed solution of 5 mg/L.

  11. Removal of heavy metals using a microbial active, continuously operated sand filter

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    Heavy metals play an important role within the spectrum of the various pollutants, emitted into the environment via human activities. In contrast to most organic pollutants, heavy metal can not be degraded. Many soils, lakes and rivers show a high contamination with heavy metals due to the enrichment of these pollutants. In addition to existing chemical-physical and biological technologies for the treatment of heavy metal containing waste waters a demand for new, efficient and low-cost cleaning technologies exists, particularly for high volumes of weakly contaminated waters. Such a technology was developed within the framework of a scientific project of the European Union. The approach makes use of a continuously operated, moving-bed Astrasand filter, which has been operated as a continuous biofilm reactor. By inoculation of the reactor with bacteria providing different, defined mechanisms of metal immobilization, and by continuous supply of suitable nutrients, a metal-immobilizing biofilm is built up and regenerated continuously. Metal-enriched biomass is removed continuously from the system, and the contained metals can be recycled by pyrometallurgical treatment of the biomass. The subjects of the present work were the optimization of the nutrient supply for the process of metal removal, the investigation of the toxicity of different waste waters, the optimization of inoculation and biofilm formation, set-up and operation of a lab scale sand filter and the operation of a pilot scale sand filter treating rinsing water of a chemical nickel plating plant. First, basic parameters like toxicity of heavy metal-containing waste waters and the influence of the nutrition of bacteria on biosorption and total metal removal were examined, using freely suspended bacteria in batch culture. Concerning toxicity great differences could be found within the spectrum of heavy metal-containing waste waters tested. Some waters completely inhibited growth, while others did not influence the bacterial biomass production. A sand column system with partial circulation of the waste water was constructed for the treatment of toxic waste waters. Using this experimental set-up a resistant biofilm was built up by continuous increase of waste water concentration. With this biofilm-system it is possible to treat waste waters, which completely inhibit bacterial growth with freely suspended cells in batch culture. The selection of suitable nutrients for the bacteria turned out to be crucial for the efficiency of the metal removal process too. From all essential macro- and micro-elements only C, N and P had to be added to the waste waters, in some cases the addition of a carbon source was sufficient. All other nutrients were already present in the waste waters. In order to optimize the nutrient supplementation, various carbon and nitrogen sources were checked concerning biomass production and metal removal. Some nutrient sources strongly supported bacterial growth, but simultaneously reduced metal removal by unfavorable chemical interactions with heavy metals. From all nutrient sources tested, Na-acetate turned out to be the best choice for carbon supply of the bacteria. If the addition of nitrogen to the waste water is necessary, nitrate, ammonia or urea are suitable sources for bacterial growth and metal removal. In experiments with single fixed bed columns (100 cm3 sand) and subsequent tests in the lab-scale (10 dm3 sand) and pilot scale sand filter (1,7 m3 sand), a suitable procedure for the inoculation of the sand filter and the formation of biofilm on the sand grains was developed. The maintenance of stock cultures was carried out on agar plates made of waste water, enriched with missing nutrients. Production of the biomass for inoculation was realized in liquid culture using waste water, enriched with nutrients too. The formation of a biofilm on the sand grains was achieved by addition of the liquid culture to the sand filter, supply of nutrients and distribution of the formed biomass by internal circulation through the airlift. Concerning the pro

  12. Effect of pulse current on energy consumption and removal of heavy metals during electrodialytic soil remediation

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    Sun, Tian Ran

    2013-01-01

    Contamination of soils and groundwater keep attracting attention of worldwide. The contaminants of concern include a wide range of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, radionuclides, and organic compounds. The environment and humans are exposed to these pollutants through different exposure pathways to unacceptable dosages, leading to intolerable adverse effects on both public health and the environment. In the last decades, soil and water remediation have gained growing awareness, as the necessity becomes clearer for development of such techniques for elimination of the negative impact from the contamination on human health and land use. Electrochemical remediation has been recognized as a promising group of technologies forremediation of contaminated sites, leading to several research programs worldwide for the development. Electrochemical remediation is also synonymously referred to as electrokinetics, electrokinetic remediation, electroremediation or electroreclamation. Electrochemical remediation technologies are part of a broader class of technologies known as direct current technologies. The techniques utilize the transport processes obtained by application of the electric DC field: transport of water (electroosmosis) and ions (electromigration), with electromigration being the most important transport process when treating heavy metal contaminated soils. Electrodialytic remediation (EDR), one of the enhanced electrochemical remediation techniques, is developed at the Technical University of Denmark in the early 1990s and aims at removal of heavy metals from contaminated soils. The electrodialytic remediation method differs from the electrokinetic remediation methods in the use of ion exchange membranes for separation of the soil and the processing solutions in the electrode compartments. Therefore no current is wasted for carrying ions from one electrode compartment to the other. The EDR technique has been tested for decontamination of a variety of different heavy metal polluted particulate materials: mine tailings, soil, different types of fly ashes, sewage sludge, freshwater sediments and harbor sediments. In previous works including both lab and pilot scaleexperiments, this technique has demonstrated effective removal of heavy metals from all the contaminated materials. In the PhD project, the focus turns to energy saving aspect of EDR which influencing costs and thus the applicability for remediation beyond bench and pilot scale. The overall aim of the present PhD study is to clarify and understand the underlying mechanisms of the effect of pulse current on energy consumption and removal of heavy metals during electrodialytic soil remediation. Series of experiments with constant and pulse current in twodifferent industrially polluted soils were conducted. Results showed that the pulse current gave positive effect in relation to energy saving and improvement of removal of heavy metals during EDR. The positive effect was related toenhancement of the acidification process, increasing the electric conductivity in soil pore fluid, and diminishing the polarization process of membranes and soil particles. The efficacy of pulse current was found dependent on applied current density, soil buffering capacity, and applied pulse frequency. In stationary EDR, the efficacy of pulse current was more significant at higher current densities, higher buffering capacities, and lower pulse frequencies (i.e. adequate relaxation time with respect to the current “ON” time). On the contrary in suspended EDR, higher pulse frequency was preferred, and the difference was due to the different transport process of ions between stationary and suspended EDR. The major energy was consumed by the fouling of cation exchange membrane in stationary EDR, whereas major energy consumption was found in soil suspension in suspended EDR. Compared with stationary EDR (maximum 70% energy saving), less energy was saved (maximum 33%) in suspended EDR, even with higher applied current densities. Although it was demonstrated that the pulse current is

  13. Removal of Selected Heavy Metals from Green Mussel via Catalytic Oxidation

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    Perna viridis or green mussel is a potentially an important aquaculture product along the South Coast of Peninsular Malaysia especially Johor Straits. As the coastal population increases at tremendous rate, there was significant effect of land use changes on marine communities especially green mussel, as the heavy metals input to the coastal area also increase because of anthropogenic activities. Heavy metals content in the green mussel exceeded the Malaysian Food Regulations (1985) and EU Food Regulations (EC No: 1881/ 2006). Sampling was done at Johor Straits from Danga to Pendas coastal area for green mussel samples. This research introduces a catalytic oxidative technique for demetallisation in green mussel using edible oxidants such as peracetic acid (PAA) enhanced with alumina beads supported CuO, Fe2O3, and ZnO catalysts. The lethal dose of LD50 to rats of PAA is 1540 mg kg-1 was verified by National Institute of Safety and Health, United State of America. The best calcination temperature for the catalysts was at 1000 degree Celsius as shown in the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Nitrogen Adsorption (BET surface area) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) analyses. The demetallisation process in green mussel was done successfully using only 100 mgL-1 PAA and catalyzed with Fe2O3/ Al2O3 for up to 90 % mercury (Hg) removal. Using PAA with only 1 hour of reaction time, at room temperature (30-35 degree Celsius), pH 5-6 and salinity of 25-28 ppt, 90 % lead (Pb) was removed from life mussel without catalyst. These findings have a great prospect for developing an efficient and practical method for post-harvesting heavy metals removal in green mussel. (author)

  14. The application of fish scales in removing heavy metals from energy-produced waste streams: the role of microbes

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    In energy production, heavy metals pose significant contamination hazards. For example, the petroleum industry generates wastes that are often high in heavy metal concentrations. Heavy metals are very toxic and extremely deleterious to humans, plants, and animals. Application of fish scale to remove heavy metals is a very recent innovation. It is an environmentally appealing and economically attractive alternative to current heavy metal adsorbing materials. Previously, the adsorption phenomenon on this exotic waste material was explained by only physical-chemical reactions. Biological effects on adsorption of heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, and chromium were studied using Atlantic Cod scale. The difference in results between nonsterilized and sterilized experiments shows the microbial contribution to heavy metal removal. Results show a wide range of microbial contribution in removing chromium cations. For lead and arsenic cations, the effect is less. Measurement of pH gives some indication of the microbial role in the biosorption process and of the presence of possible microbial species. (author)

  15. UV-radiation curing of simultaneous interpenetrating polymer network hydrogels for enhanced heavy metal ion removal

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    Wang, Jingjing, E-mail: jjwang1@hotmail.com [Department of Polymer Materials and Engineering, School of Material Engineering, Key Laboratory for Advanced Technology in Environmental Protection of Jiangsu Province, Yancheng Institute of Technology, Yancheng 224051 (China); Liu, Fang [Department of Polymer Materials and Engineering, School of Material Engineering, Key Laboratory for Advanced Technology in Environmental Protection of Jiangsu Province, Yancheng Institute of Technology, Yancheng 224051 (China)

    2012-11-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Simultaneous IPN hydrogels were prepared by hybrid photopolymerization of AM and DVE-3. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The synergistic complexation was found in the adsorption studies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The simultaneous IPN hydrogels could be used as fast-responsive and renewable sorbent materials. - Abstract: Simultaneous interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) hydrogels have been prepared by UV-initiated polymerization of a mixture of acrylamide (AM) and triethylene glycol divinyl ether (DVE-3). The consumption of each monomer upon UV-irradiation was monitored in situ by real-time infrared (RTIR) spectroscopy. The acrylamide monomer AM was shown to polymerize faster and more extensively than the vinyl ether monomer DVE-3, which was further consumed upon storage of the sample in the dark, due to the living character of the cationic polymerization. The IPN hydrogels were used to remove heavy metal ions from aqueous solution under the non-competitive condition. The effects of pH values of the feed solution and the DVE-3 content in the formulation on the adsorption capacity were investigated. The results indicated that the adsorption capacity of the IPN hydrogels increased with the pH values and DVE-3 content in the formulation. Furthermore, the synergistic complexation of metal ions with two polymer networks in the IPN was found in the adsorption studies. Adsorption kinetics and regeneration studies suggested that the IPN hydrogels could be used as fast-responsive and renewable sorbent materials in heavy metal removing processes.

  16. The Use of Microwave Derived Activated Carbon for Removal of Heavy Metal in Aqueous Solution

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    Rafeah Wahi; Herman Senghie

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    Palm oil processing waste which is palm oil kernel shell (POKS) was converted to activated carbon (POKS AC) through 7 min microwave pyrolysis at temperature 270 °C followed by chemical activation using NaOH and HCl. The adsorption study on Ni(II), Cu(II) and Cr(IV) was conducted to evaluate the efficiency of the prepared activated carbon to remove heavy metal. The adsorption capacity was determined as a function of adsorbate initial concentration and adsorbent dosage. Based on Langmuir is...

  17. Separation of heavy metals: Removal from industrial wastewaters and contaminated soil

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    Peters, R.W.; Shem, L.

    1993-01-01

    This paper reviews the applicable separation technologies relating to removal of heavy metals from solution and from soils in order to present the state-of-the-art in the field. Each technology is briefly described and typical operating conditions and technology performance are presented. Technologies described include chemical precipitation (including hydroxide, carbonate, or sulfide reagents), coagulation/flocculation, ion exchange, solvent extraction, extraction with chelating agents, complexation, electrochemical operation, cementation, membrane operations, evaporation, adsorption, solidification/stabilization, and vitrification. Several case histories are described, with a focus on waste reduction techniques and remediation of lead-contaminated soils. The paper concludes with a short discussion of important research needs in the field.

  18. Separation of heavy metals: Removal from industrial wastewaters and contaminated soil

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    Peters, R.W.; Shem, L.

    1993-03-01

    This paper reviews the applicable separation technologies relating to removal of heavy metals from solution and from soils in order to present the state-of-the-art in the field. Each technology is briefly described and typical operating conditions and technology performance are presented. Technologies described include chemical precipitation (including hydroxide, carbonate, or sulfide reagents), coagulation/flocculation, ion exchange, solvent extraction, extraction with chelating agents, complexation, electrochemical operation, cementation, membrane operations, evaporation, adsorption, solidification/stabilization, and vitrification. Several case histories are described, with a focus on waste reduction techniques and remediation of lead-contaminated soils. The paper concludes with a short discussion of important research needs in the field.

  19. Heavy-metal removal from petroleum oily sludge using lemon- scented geraniums[General Conference

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    Badawieh, A.; Elektorowicz, M. [Concordia Univ., Montreal, PQ (Canada). Dept. of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2006-07-01

    Finding an acceptable method to manage oily sludge generated during petroleum processes is one of the challenges currently facing the petroleum industry. This study investigated the response of plants to heavy-metal removal from oily sludge to determine the feasibility of using phytoremediation technologies as a treatment method for oily sludge. In particular, scented geraniums (Pelargonium sp. Frensham) have shown a strong capability to survive harsh conditions such as poor soil, high/low temperatures, high heavy-metal concentrations and low water content. In response to this observation, this feasibility study placed scented geraniums in a series of pots containing oily sludge where heavy-metal concentrations were artificially increased up to 2000 ppm. Plants were grown in two systems over a period of 50 days. The first system included oily sludge and soil while the second system included oily sludge, soil and compost. The study revealed that the scented geraniums accumulated up to 1600 mg, 1000 mg, and 1200 mg, of cadmium, nickel and vanadium respectively per 1 kg of the plant's dry weight. The results suggest that phytoremediation technology may be a potential method for successfully treating or pretreating oily sludge in the field.

  20. GENERIC ADSORPTION COEFFICIENTS AND NATURAL REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS IN MUDDY RIVER WATER

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    Amini Rad H1, A Hasannattaj1*, M Scholz2, B Navayineya1 and L Weekes2

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study a possible natural flocculating capacity of River's is experimentally investigated. For this purpose, Chalus River in northern part of IRAN due to its heavy metal pollution, high flows and high suspended and bed sediments fluctuation level is selected. In this investigation heavy metals content of water, suspended and bed sediments of the Chalus River, is experimentally evaluated. The samples were obtained during the wet season (mud flow from three existing observing sampling station. In this experimental study the effect of suspended particle concentration, bed sediment and contact time on the removal capacity and determination of generic adsorption coefficient by WASP model is computed. The result of analysis showed that the adsorption capacity of the heavy metals is indirectly proportional with an increase in concentration of suspended particles. Also the behavior of adsorption in this investigation follows by Freundlich isotherm as a liner isotherm.  From this analysis also can be said that the self-purification capacity of river is also greatly affected by this novelty of rivers.

  1. Eggshell: A green adsorbent for heavy metal removal in an MBR system.

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    Pettinato, M; Chakraborty, S; Arafat, Hassan A; Calabro', V

    2015-11-01

    Presence of heavy metals as well as different metal ions in treated wastewater is a problem for the environment as well as human health. This paper aims to investigate the possibility to combine an MBR (membrane biological reactor) with an adsorption process onto powdered eggshell and eggshell membrane in order to improve metal removal from wastewater. The first step of the experimental analysis consists of the evaluation of the compatibility between the two processes. Then, a study about sorbent concentration and size effect on fouling was conducted, because the use of this kind of sorbent could affect membrane performance. The second step of the work concerns the check up of eggshell removal capacity as a function of sorbent size, achieved treating an aqueous solution containing Al(3+), Fe(2+) and Zn(2+) as water pollutants. Finally, synthetic wastewater, containing the metal species, was treated by two alternative process schemes: one of them performs the metal uptake in a dedicated adsorption unit, before the MBR. In the second, the two processes take place in the same unit. Results demonstrate that the optimization of the first option could be a solution to MBR upgrading. PMID:26117278

  2. A study of the removal characteristics of heavy metals from wastewater by low-cost adsorbents

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    Omar E. Abdel Salam

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the adsorption behavior of some low-cost adsorbents such as peanut husk charcoal, fly ash, and natural zeolite, with respect to Cu2+, and Zn2+ ions, has been studied in order to consider its application to the purification of metal finishing wastewater. The batch method was employed: parameters such as pH, contact time, and initial metal concentration were studied. The influence of the pH of the metal ion solutions on the uptake levels of the metal ions by the different adsorbents used were carried out between pH 4 and pH 11. The optimum pH for copper and zinc removal was 6 in the case of peanut husk charcoal and natural zeolite, and it was 8 in case of fly ash. An equilibrium time of 2 h was required for the adsorption of Cu(II and Zn(II ions onto peanut husk charcoal and fly ash and an equilibrium time 3 h was required for the adsorption of Cu(II and Zn(II ions onto natural zeolite. Adsorption parameters were determined using both Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms, but the experimental data were better fitted to the Langmuir equation than to Freundlich equation. The results showed that peanut husk charcoal, fly ash and natural zeolite all hold potential to remove cationic heavy metal species from industrial wastewater in the order fly ash < peanut husk charcoal < natural zeolite.

  3. An immobilized cell bioprocess for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous flows

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    Microorganisms can be used to remove toxic heavy metals from liquid industrial wastes. In addition to the chemical toxicity of many of the latter, the production of long-lived nuclides from nuclear power programmes has introduced additional radiotoxicological hazards. Associated problems of the presence of contaminating, non-metal co-pollutants and the presentation of dilute, high-volume wastes have received little attention. Traditional biotechnological waste treatments have relied either on the use of non-living biomass ('biosorption') or on the accumulation of metals by living cells with the associated problems of metal toxicity effects and the requirements for cell viability or growth. Identification of an enzymically-mediated metal accumulation step can permit decoupling of cell growth from metal accumulation. Using pre-grown biomass immobilized in a flow-through filter ('bioreactor') the metal-accumulative bioprocess can be described accurately applying traditional Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The effect of co-pollutants can be then quantified in order to run the bioreactor in the most efficient way. (author)

  4. The mechanisms of removal of heavy metals from water by ionizing radiation

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    Chaychian, Mahnaz; Al-Sheikhly, Mohamad; Silverman, Joseph; McLaughlin, William L.

    1998-08-01

    The removal of heavy metal ions from water using electron beam and gamma irradiation has been investigated for the cases of Pb 2+ and Hg 2+ ions. These metal ions are reduced by hydrated electrons and hydrogen atoms to lower or zero valence state and eventually precipitate out of solution. Ethanol is applied as a relatively non-toxic additive to scavenge ·OH radicals, to enhance reduction and inhibit oxidation. Mercury can be completely (>99.9%) removed from aqueous solution of 1×10 -3 mol L -1 mercury (II) chloride by using a 3 kGy dose. However, a 40 kGy dose is required to remove 96% of lead ions from a 1×10 -3 mol L -1 of PbCl 2 solution. The effect of dissolved oxygen and carbonate were also investigated. E-beam irradiation of 1×10 -3 mol L -1 lead ions complexed with ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) in deoxygenated as well as air-saturated solutions in the absence of ethanol resulted in removal of about 97% of the lead.

  5. The mechanisms of removal of heavy metals from water by ionizing radiation

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    The removal of heavy metal ions from water using electron beam and gamma irradiation has been investigated for the cases of Pb2+ and Hg2+ ions. These metal ions are reduced by hydrated electrons and hydrogen atoms to lower or zero valence state and eventually precipitate out of solution. Ethanol is applied as a relatively non-toxic additive to scavenge ·OH radicals, to enhance reduction and inhibit oxidation. Mercury can be completely (>99.9%) removed from aqueous solution of 1x10-3 mol L-1 mercury (II) chloride by using a 3 kGy dose. However, a 40 kGy dose is required to remove 96% of lead ions from a 1x10-3 mol L-1 of PbCl2 solution. The effect of dissolved oxygen and carbonate were also investigated. E-beam irradiation of 1x10-3 mol L-1 lead ions complexed with ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) in deoxygenated as well as air-saturated solutions in the absence of ethanol resulted in removal of about 97% of the lead

  6. Removal of heavy metal species from industrial sludge with the aid of biodegradable iminodisuccinic acid as the chelating ligand.

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    Wu, Qing; Duan, Gaoqi; Cui, Yanrui; Sun, Jianhui

    2015-01-01

    High level of heavy metals in industrial sludge was the obstacle of sludge disposal and resource recycling. In this study, iminodisuccinic acid (IDS), a biodegradable chelating ligand, was used to remove heavy metals from industrial sludge generated from battery industry. The extraction of cadmium, copper, nickel, and zinc from battery sludge with aqueous solution of IDS was studied under various conditions. It was found that removal efficiency greatly depends on pH, chelating agent's concentration, as well as species distribution of metals. The results showed that mildly acidic and neutral systems were not beneficial to remove cadmium. About 68 % of cadmium in the sample was extracted at the molar ratio of IDS to heavy metals 7:1 without pH adjustment (pH 11.5). Copper of 91.3 % and nickel of 90.7 % could be removed by IDS (molar ratio, IDS: metals?=?1:1) with 1.2 % phosphoric acid effectively. Removal efficiency of zinc was very low throughout the experiment. Based on the experimental results, IDS could be a potentially useful chelant for heavy metal removal from battery industry sludge. PMID:25115899

  7. Magnetite–hematite nanoparticles prepared by green methods for heavy metal ions removal from water

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    Graphical abstract: The negatively charged cubic magnetite nanoparticles, prepared by the coprecipitation method in N2 atmosphere, can adsorb up to 99% of the positively charged toxic heavy metal ions at a proper pH value. -- Highlights: • Mixed magnetite–hematite nanoparticles were synthesized via different routes. • Prepared samples were characterized by XRD, HRTEM, BET and magnetic hysteresis. • The material was employed as a sorbent for removal of some heavy metal ions from water. • The effects of pH and the contact time on the adsorption process were studied and optimized. -- Abstract: Mixed magnetite–hematite nanoparticles were synthesized via different routes such as, coprecipitation in air and N2 atmosphere, citrate–nitrate, glycine–nitrate and microwave-assisted citrate methods. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), BET measurements and magnetic hysteresis. XRD data showed the formation of magnetite–hematite mixture with different compositions according to the synthesis method. The particle size was in the range of 4–52 nm for all the prepared samples. From HRTEM micrographs, it was found that, the synthesis method affects the moropholgy of the prepared samples in terms of crystallinity and porosity. The magnetite–hematite mixture was employed as a sorbent material for removal of some heavy metal ions from water such as lead(II), cadmium(II) and chromium(III). The effects of pH value and the contact time on the adsorption process were studied and optimized in order to obtain the highest possible adsorption efficiency of the magnetite–hematite mixture. The effect of the synthesis method of the magnetite–hematite mixture on the adsorption process was also investigated. It was found that samples prepared by the coprecipitation method had better adsorption efficiency than those prepared by other combustion methods

  8. Potencialidades de un biosorbente algal para la remoción de metales pesados / Potentiality of a Seaweed Biosorbent for Heavy Metals Removal

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    Omar, Gutiérrez-Benítez; Julia, González-Álvarez; María Sonia, Freire-Leira; Iván Leandro, Rodríguez-Rico; Ángel Ramón, Moreira-González.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available La biosorción es considerada una tecnología alternativa para la remoción de metales pesados de aguas residuales y la utilización de algas marinas como adsorbentes incentiva el interés científico, teniendo en cuenta la variedad, abundancia y disponibilidad de diferentes especies nativas y arribantes [...] a los litorales costeros cubanos. El objetivo del trabajo es caracterizar un biosorbente algal, preparado a partir del alga marina Sargassum, para conocer sus potencialidades para la remoción de metales pesados en soluciones acuosas. Se realizó la caracterización físico-química, morfológica y estructural del biosorbente utilizando avanzadas técnicas de microanálisis y análisis superficial. Se confirma presencia de los principales grupos funcionales presentes en el ácido algínico, alginatos, polisacáridos y proteínas que contiene este tipo de biomasa algal, biopolímeros que aportan sitios activos que facilitan los mecanismos de biosorción y por consiguiente le pueden aportar a este tipo de biosorbente una alta capacidad de biosorción de metales pesados. Abstract in english The biosorption is considered an alternative technology for removal of heavy metals from wastewater and the use of seaweeds as adsorbents encourages scientific interest, considering the variety, abundance and availability of different species growing or arriving at the coastal shoreline. The aim of [...] the research was to characterize a seaweed biosorbent prepared from marine algae Sargassum, to know their potentialities for heavy metals removal from aqueous solutions. A characterization physico-chemical, morphological and structural of a seaweed bioadsorbent was performed using microanalysis and surface anaytical advanced techiques. Was confirmed of major functional groups present in the alginic acid, alginates, polysaccharides and proteins containing this type of seaweed biomass, biopolymers that facilitate the biosorption mechanisms and consequently they can contribute a high capacity of biosorption of heavy metals of this biosorbente.

  9. Optimization of heavy metal and suspended solids removal using groundwater treatment plant sludge (GWTPS)

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    Full text: A groundwater treatment plant located in Chicha, Kelantan, produced 5 tons of sludge daily that require offsite disposal. The sludge was found to contain high concentration of iron and manganese. An attempt was made to reuse the Groundwater Treatment Plant Sludge (GWTPS) for wastewater treatment purposes. This study is focusing on the effectiveness of GWTPS as an adsorbent in removing Zn and Cu, as well as coagulant in removing suspended solids. The characteristic of the freshly prepared GWTPS was analyzed by measuring its pH in distilled water and total Fe concentration. Adsorption study was conducted using GWTPS. Using batch test method, parameters such as pH, contact time, adsorbent dosage and initial concentration of sorbent was varied in order to find the optimum in removing Zn and Cu. The ability of GWTPS in removing Zn and Cu was further analyzed based on its removal efficiency. Recycled Ferric Chloride (RFC) and Recycled Ferrous Sulphate (RFS) are generated from GWTPS through a digestion process using Environmental Express Hot Block. The optimization of RFC and RFS was determined by varying the GWTPS dosage and contact time during digestion. Both RFC and RFS was tested for its efficiency as a coagulant in removing Zn, Cu and suspended solids by jar test method. It was found that GWTPS was effective in removing Zn and Cu. From the study it can be concluded that RFC and RFS, a coagulant derived from groundwater sludge, is effective in removing suspended solids that contain heavy metals such as Zn and Cu. (author)

  10. Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) composite membranes for heavy metal removal

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    The effective removal of toxic heavy metals from environmental samples still remains a major topic of present research. Metal-chelating membranes are very promising materials as adsorbents when compared with conventional beads because they are not compressible, and they eliminate internal diffusion limitations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of a novel adsorbent, Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA)/chitosan) composite membranes, for the removal of three toxic heavy metal ions, namely, Cd(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II) from aquatic systems. The Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) composite membranes were characterized by elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The immobilized amount of the Procion Green H-4G was calculated as 0.018±0.003 ?mol/cm2 from the nitrogen and sulphur stoichiometry. The adsorption capacity of Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) composite membranes for selected heavy metal ions from aqueous media containing different amounts of these ions (30-400 mg/l) and at different pH values (2.0-6.0) was investigated. The amount of Cd(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II) adsorbed onto the membranes measured at equilibrium, increased with time during the first 45 min and then remained unchanged toward the equilibrium adsorption. The maximum amounts of heavy metal ions adsorbed were 43.60±1.74, 68.81±2.75 and 48.22±1.92 mg/g for Cd(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II), respectively. The heavy metal ion adsorption on the pHEMA/chitosan membranes (carrying no dye) were relatively low, 6.31±0.13 mg/g for Cd(II), 18.73±0.37 mg/g for Pb(II) and 18.82±0.38 mg/g for Hg(II). Competitive adsorption of the metal ions was also studied. When the metal ions competed with each other, the adsorbed amounts were 12.74±0.38 mg Cd(II)/g, 28.80±0.86 mg Pb(II)/g and 18.41±0.54 mg Hg(II)/g. Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) membranes can be regenerated by washing with a solution of nitric acid (0.01 M). The percent desorption achieved was as high as 95%. These novel membranes are suitable for repeated use for more than five adsorption/desorption cycles without any considerable loss in adsorption capacity. Adsorption equilibria were well described by Langmuir equation. It can be concluded that Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) membranes may effectively be used for the removal of Cd(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II) ions from aqueous solutions

  11. Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) composite membranes for heavy metal removal

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    Genc, Oe.; Soysal, L.; Bayramoglu, G.; Arica, M.Y.; Bektas, S

    2003-02-28

    The effective removal of toxic heavy metals from environmental samples still remains a major topic of present research. Metal-chelating membranes are very promising materials as adsorbents when compared with conventional beads because they are not compressible, and they eliminate internal diffusion limitations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of a novel adsorbent, Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA)/chitosan) composite membranes, for the removal of three toxic heavy metal ions, namely, Cd(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II) from aquatic systems. The Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) composite membranes were characterized by elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The immobilized amount of the Procion Green H-4G was calculated as 0.018{+-}0.003 {mu}mol/cm{sup 2} from the nitrogen and sulphur stoichiometry. The adsorption capacity of Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) composite membranes for selected heavy metal ions from aqueous media containing different amounts of these ions (30-400 mg/l) and at different pH values (2.0-6.0) was investigated. The amount of Cd(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II) adsorbed onto the membranes measured at equilibrium, increased with time during the first 45 min and then remained unchanged toward the equilibrium adsorption. The maximum amounts of heavy metal ions adsorbed were 43.60{+-}1.74, 68.81{+-}2.75 and 48.22{+-}1.92 mg/g for Cd(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II), respectively. The heavy metal ion adsorption on the pHEMA/chitosan membranes (carrying no dye) were relatively low, 6.31{+-}0.13 mg/g for Cd(II), 18.73{+-}0.37 mg/g for Pb(II) and 18.82{+-}0.38 mg/g for Hg(II). Competitive adsorption of the metal ions was also studied. When the metal ions competed with each other, the adsorbed amounts were 12.74{+-}0.38 mg Cd(II)/g, 28.80{+-}0.86 mg Pb(II)/g and 18.41{+-}0.54 mg Hg(II)/g. Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) membranes can be regenerated by washing with a solution of nitric acid (0.01 M). The percent desorption achieved was as high as 95%. These novel membranes are suitable for repeated use for more than five adsorption/desorption cycles without any considerable loss in adsorption capacity. Adsorption equilibria were well described by Langmuir equation. It can be concluded that Procion Green H-4G immobilized poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate/chitosan) membranes may effectively be used for the removal of Cd(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II) ions from aqueous solutions.

  12. Electrodialytic removal of heavy metals from municipal solid waste incineration fly ash using ammonium citrate as assisting agent

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    Pedersen, Anne Juul; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Villumsen, Arne

    2005-01-01

    Electrodialytic remediation, an electrochemically assisted separation method, has previ-ously shown potential for removal of heavy metals from municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) fly ashes. In this work electrodialytic remediation of MSWI fly ash using ammonium citrate as assisting agent was studied, and the results were compared with traditional batch extraction experiments. The application of electric current was found to increase the heavy metal release significantly compared to batch e...

  13. Rapid Preparation of Biosorbents with High Ion Exchange Capacity from Rice Straw and Bagasse for Removal of Heavy Metals

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    This work describes the preparation of the cellulose phosphate with high ion exchange capacity from rice straw and bagasse for removal of heavy metals. In this study, rice straw and bagasse were modified by the reaction with phosphoric acid in the presence of urea. The introduced phosphoric group is an ion exchangeable site for heavy metal ions. The reaction by microwave heating yielded modified rice straw and modified bagasse with greater ion exchange capacities (?3.62?meq/g) and shorter rea...

  14. BIOSORPTIVE REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS (Cd+2, Pb+2 AND Cu+2 FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS BY CASSIA ANGUSTIFOLIA BARK

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    MADHAVI G MULGUND,

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The hazardous ill effects of heavy metals on the environment and public health is a matter of serious concern. Biosorption is emerging as a sustainable effective technology. The aim of this present study was to investigate the removal of heavy metals (Cd+2, Pb+2 and Cu+2 using Cassia angustifolia bark. The objective was to evaluate the biosorbent for its metal uptake and study its batch equilibrium. The batch mode was carried out at varying initial pH (5 to 9, emperature (300C to 450C, metal ion concentration (20mg to 140mg/L and contact time (5 min to 240 min and desorption studies from pH 1 to 11. The equilibrium data obtained fit well in Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms. The results of the investigations show the efficacy of Cassia angustifolia bark as a low cost promising biosorbent for removal of heavy metals from industrial wastewaters.

  15. Simultaneous removal of organic contaminants and heavy metals from kaolin using an upward electrokinetic soil remediation process

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    Kaolins contaminated with heavy metals, Cu and Pb, and organic compounds, p-xylene and phenanthrene, were treated with an upward electrokinetic soil remediation (UESR) process. The effects of current density, cathode chamber flushing fluid, treatment duration, reactor size, and the type of contaminants under the vertical non-uniform electric field of UESR on the simultaneous removal of the heavy metals and organic contaminants were studied. The removal efficiencies of p-xylene and phenanthrene were higher in the experiments with cells of smaller diameter or larger height, and with distilled water flow in the cathode chamber. The removal efficiency of Cu and Pb were higher in the experiments with smaller diameter or shorter height cells and 0.01 M HNO3 solution as cathode chamber flow. In spite of different conditions for removal of heavy metals and organics, it is possible to use the upward electrokinetic soil remediation process for their simultaneous removal. Thus, in the experiments with duration of 6 days removal efficiencies of phenanthrene, p-xylene, Cu and Pb were 67%, 93%, 62% and 35%, respectively. The experiment demonstrated the feasibility of simultaneous removal of organic contaminants and heavy metals from kaolin using the upward electrokinetic soil remediation process

  16. Electrochemical technology for removing heavy metals present in synthetic produced water

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    K. R., Souza; D. R., Silva; W., Mata; C. A., Martínez-Huitle; A. L. M. L., Mata.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The performance of an electrocoagulation (EC) system with aluminium and iron electrodes for removing heavy metal ions (Cd2+, Cu2+, Cr3+, Sr2+ and Zn2+) present in synthetic produced water on laboratory scale was studied systematically. Experimental parameters such as applied current, flow effluent a [...] nd sacrificial electrodes were investigated in order to understand their influence on the EC process. Increasing the current density accelerated the electrocoagulation process, but made it less efficient. Cd2+, Cu2+, Sr2+ and Zn2+ showed similar removal rates, under similar conditions, indicating a uniform electrochemical behavior. The study gave indications on the removal mechanisms of the investigated metals. Cd2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions are hydrolyzed and co-precipitated as hydroxides. Cr4+, was proposed to be reduced first to Cr3+ at the cathode before precipitating as hydroxide. The process expenditure was estimated and reported showing the viability of this process as a green alternative, obtaining modest costs using Fe electrodes.

  17. Toxicity and removal of heavy metals (cadmium, copper, and zinc) by Lemna gibba.

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    Megateli, Smain; Semsari, Saida; Couderchet, Michel

    2009-09-01

    Effects of cadmium, copper, and zinc on the aquatic plant Lemna gibba were determined under controlled conditions; in parallel their removal from the growth medium was followed. The results showed that the three heavy metals affected growth, a physiological stress index defined as the ratio of Chlorophyll to phaeophytin (D665/D665a), and the contents of proline. After 4 days, 10(-3)-10(-1)mg/L Cd inhibited growth by 25-100%, reduced D665/D665a by 35-89%, and increased proline content by 44-567%. Under the same conditions, 10(-4)-10(-1) microg/L Cu inhibited growth by 36-75%, reduced D665/D665a by 19-81%, and increased proline content by 67-288%. Comparable concentrations of Zn had little effect. However, higher concentrations (4, 30, and 50mg/L) inhibited growth by 50-79%. Also, 0.1 and 30 mg/L induced a small reduction of D665/D665a (-3.8% and -22%) and an increase in proline contents (+144% and +177%). When it was observed, proline accumulation was always transient and the maximum was reached after 4 days. Monitoring metal concentration in the medium showed that L. gibba was able to remove metals from the medium. Zn and Cu removal was biphasic, it was rapid during the first 2 days (> 60% reduction) and slow (10-20%) during the following 8 days. For Cd, removal was linear and depended on the initial concentration. It reached approximately 90% after 6 or 8 days for initial concentrations of 10(-1) and 10(-3)mg/L, respectively. PMID:19505721

  18. Organic substrates as electron donors in permeable reactive barriers for removal of heavy metals from acid mine drainage.

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    Kijjanapanich, P; Pakdeerattanamint, K; Lens, P N L; Annachhatre, A P

    2012-12-01

    This research was conducted to select suitable natural organic substrates as potential carbon sources for use as electron donors for biological sulphate reduction in a permeable reactive barrier (PRB). A number of organic substrates were assessed through batch and continuous column experiments under anaerobic conditions with acid mine drainage (AMD) obtained from an abandoned lignite coal mine. To keep the heavy metal concentration at a constant level, the AMD was supplemented with heavy metals whenever necessary. Under anaerobic conditions, sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB) converted sulphate into sulphide using the organic substrates as electron donors. The sulphide that was generated precipitated heavy metals as metal sulphides. Organic substrates, which yielded the highest sulphate reduction in batch tests, were selected for continuous column experiments which lasted over 200 days. A mixture of pig-farm wastewater treatment sludge, rice husk and coconut husk chips yielded the best heavy metal (Fe, Cu, Zn and Mn) removal efficiencies of over 90%. PMID:23437664

  19. Hydrogen sulfide removal from coal gas by the metal-ferrite sorbents made from the heavy metal wastewater sludge

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    The metal-ferrite (chromium-ferrite and zinc-ferrite) sorbents made from the heavy metal wastewater sludge have been developed for the hydrogen sulfide removal from coal gas. The high temperature absorption of hydrogen sulfide from coal gas with the metal-ferrite sorbent in a fixed bed reactor was conducted in this study. The metal-ferrite powders were the products of the ferrite process for the heavy metal wastewater treatment. The porosity analysis results show that the number of micropores of the sorbents after sulfidation and regeneration process decreases and the average pore size increases due to the acute endothermic and exothermic reactions during the sulfidation-regeneration process. The FeS, ZnS, and MnS peaks are observed on the sulfided sorbents, and the chromium extraction of the CFR6 can fulfill the emission standard of Taiwan EPA. The suitable sulfidation temperature range for chromium-ferrite sorbent is at 500-600 deg. C. In addition, effects of various concentrations of H2 and CO were also conducted in the present work at different temperatures. By increasing the H2 concentration, the sulfur sorption capacity of the sorbent decreases and an adverse result is observed in the case of increasing CO concentration. This can be explained via water-shift reaction

  20. Development of the removal technology for toxic heavy metal ions by surface-modified activated carbon

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    Adsorption capacities of both radionuclides(uranium, cobalt) and toxic heavy metals (lead, cadmium and chromium) using double surface-modified activated carbon in wide pH ranges are extensively evaluated. Surface-modified activated carbons are classified as AC(as-received carbon), OAC(single surface-modified carbon with nitric acid solution) and OAC-Na(double surface-modified carbon with various alkali solutions). It is established that optimal condition for the second surface modification of OAC is to use the mixed solution of both NaOH and NaCl with total concentration of 0.1 N based on adsorption efficiencies of uranium and cobalt. Variations of adsorption efficiencies in pH ranges of 2?10 and the adsorption capacities in batch adsorber and fixed bed for removal of both radionuclides and toxic heavy metals using OAC-Na were shown to be superior to that of the AC and OAC even in a low pH range. Capacity factors of OAC-Na for the removal of various metal ions are also excellent to that of AC or OAC. Quantitative analysis of capacity factors for each ions showed that adsorption capacity of OAC-Na increased by 30 times for uranium, 60 times for cobalt, 9 times for lead, 30 times for cadmium, 3 times for chromium compared to that of AC at pH 5, respectively. Adsorption capacity of OAC-Na is comparable to that of XAD-16-TAR used as commercial ion exchange resin

  1. Development of the removal technology for toxic heavy metal ions by surface-modified activated carbon

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    Park, Geun Il; Song, Kee Chan; Kim, Kwang Wook; Kim, In Tae; Cho, Il Hoon; Kim, Joon Hyung

    2001-01-01

    Adsorption capacities of both radionuclides(uranium, cobalt) and toxic heavy metals (lead, cadmium and chromium) using double surface-modified activated carbon in wide pH ranges are extensively evaluated. Surface-modified activated carbons are classified as AC(as-received carbon), OAC(single surface-modified carbon with nitric acid solution) and OAC-Na(double surface-modified carbon with various alkali solutions). It is established that optimal condition for the second surface modification of OAC is to use the mixed solution of both NaOH and NaCl with total concentration of 0.1 N based on adsorption efficiencies of uranium and cobalt. Variations of adsorption efficiencies in pH ranges of 2{approx}10 and the adsorption capacities in batch adsorber and fixed bed for removal of both radionuclides and toxic heavy metals using OAC-Na were shown to be superior to that of the AC and OAC even in a low pH range. Capacity factors of OAC-Na for the removal of various metal ions are also excellent to that of AC or OAC. Quantitative analysis of capacity factors for each ions showed that adsorption capacity of OAC-Na increased by 30 times for uranium, 60 times for cobalt, 9 times for lead, 30 times for cadmium, 3 times for chromium compared to that of AC at pH 5, respectively. Adsorption capacity of OAC-Na is comparable to that of XAD-16-TAR used as commercial ion exchange resin.

  2. Removing adsorbed heavy metal ions from sand surfaces via applying interfacial properties of rhamnolipid.

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    Haryanto, Bode; Chang, Chien-Hsiang

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the interfacial properties of biosurfactant rhamnolipid were investigated and were applied to remove adsorbed heavy metal ions from sand surfaces with flushing operations. The surface tension-lowering activity, micelle charge characteristic, and foaming ability of rhamnolipid were identified first. For rhamnolipid in water, the negatively charged characteristic of micelles or aggregates was confirmed and the foaming ability at concentrations higher than 40 mg/L was evaluated. By using the rhamnolipid solutions in a batch washing approach, the potential of applying the interfacial properties of rhamnolipid to remove adsorbed copper ions from sand surfaces was then demonstrated. In rhamnolipid solution flushing operations for sand-packed medium, higher efficiency was found for the removal of adsorbed copper ions with residual type than with inner-sphere interaction type, implying the important role of interaction type between the copper ion and the sand surface in the removal efficiency. In addition, the channeling effect of rhamnolipid solution flow in the sand-packed medium was clearly observed in the solution flushing operations and was responsible for the low removal efficiency with low contact areas between solution and sand. By using rhamnolipid solution with foam to flush the sand-packed medium, one could find that the channeling effect of the solution flow was reduced and became less pronounced with the increase in the rhamnolipid concentration, or with the enhanced foaming ability. With the reduced channeling effect in the flushing operations, the removal efficiency for adsorbed copper ions was significantly improved. The results suggested that the foam-enhanced rhamnolipid solution flushing operation was efficient in terms of surfactant usage and operation time. PMID:25748376

  3. Chemical studies for the removal of some heavy metals from toxic waste solutions using organic and inorganic sorbents

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    the use of organic and inorganic sorbents in the treatment of toxic wastes to remove the heavy metals from these wastes is based on their resistance to chemical attack, specially thermal resistance and selectivity of inorganic sorbents and specially high measured capacities of organic resins. organic and inorganic sorbents have faced many applications not only in hydrometallurgy of rare elements, preparation of high purity materials, water purification but also in the removal of some toxic heavy metals from toxic wastes and industrial waste water

  4. Multivariate methods for evaluating the efficiency of electrodialytic removal of heavy metals from polluted harbour sediments

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    Pedersen, Kristine Bondo; Kirkelund, Gunvor Marie

    2015-01-01

    Chemometrics was used to develop a multivariate model based on 46 previously reported electrodialytic remediation experiments (EDR) of five different harbour sediments. The model predicted final concentrations of Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn as a function of current density, remediation time, stirring rate, dry/wet sediment, cell set-up as well as sediment properties. Evaluation of the model showed that remediation time and current density had the highest comparative influence on the clean-up levels. Individual models for each heavy metal showed variance in the variable importance, indicating that the targeted heavy,metals were bound to different sediment fractions. Based on the results, a PLS model was used to design five new EDR experiments of a sixth sediment to achieve specified clean-up levels of Cu and Pb. The removal efficiencies were up to 82% for Cu and 87% for Pb and the targeted clean-up levels were met in four out of five experiments. The clean-up levels were better than predicted by the model, which could hence be used for predicting an approximate remediation strategy; the modelling power will however improve with more data included. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution by an efficient low cost biosorbent (abstract)

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    The aim of this work was to assess the possibility of removing some heavy metals from water by a low-cost bio sorbent. Removal of lead and cadmium which differ in toxicity, as well as in some other characteristics were examined. Sawdust of Morus alba wood modified with 0.5N NaOH was applied as low cost bio sorbent. The sample was characterized by BET surface area, EDX, FTIR and Zeta potential technique. The removal of Cd(II) and Pb(II) by treated sawdust has been found to be concentration, contact time, adsorbate dose and temperature dependent. The adsorption parameters were determined using Freundlich, Langmuir and Tempkin isotherm models. The applicability of kinetic models i.e. pseudo first order, Elovich and parabolic diffusion has also been investigated. Thermodynamic parameters like delta H, delta S and delta G were calculated from the kinetic data. The equilibrium adsorption was achieved in 100 min. The result shows that the adsorbent examined was found to have good adsorption capacity. Surface complexation and ion exchange are the major removal mechanisms involved. The correlation coefficient for Langmuir, Freundlich and Tempkin equation were well fitted. The adsorption follows first-order kinetics. The rate of adsorption was high at high temperature. The positive values of delta S reflect some structural exchange among the active site of the adsorbent and metal ion. The negative value of Gibbs free energy (delta G) shows the spontaneous nature of the process. The findings of the data reveal that the modified Sawdust is a low-cost, easily available bio sorbent and can be use as alternative to other commercial adsorbents as well as for effluent treatment in industries. (author)

  6. Use of straw for removal of heavy metals from waste water

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    Larsen, V.J.; Schierup, H.H.

    1981-04-01

    The efficiency of barley straw (Hordeum vulgare L.) in removing heavy metals from solutions was investigated in capacity and in column experiments. In the capacity experiments the efficiency of the straw was compared to that of activated carbon, pine sawdust, and CaCO/sub 3/. It was found that 1 g of straw was able to adsorb amounts of Zn, Cu, Pb, Ni, and Cd ranging from 4.3 to 15.2 mg. One gram of activated carbon removed from 6.2 to 19.5 mg and pine sawdust from 1.3 to 5.0 mg. From 1.6 to 19.8 mg of the different metals were precipitated by CaCO/sub 3/. The efficiency of the straw was not reduced in column experiments where flow rates of 167 to 370 ml/min were used. The efficiency of the straw was improved by 10 to 90% when being mixed with CaCO/sub 3/. A column packed of barley straw and saturated with Cu was regenerated with 1 liter of acid (less than or equal to 1.0N HCl) and could be reused at least five times.

  7. Application of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube-Cyclodextrin Polymers in the Removal of Heavy Metals from Water

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to synthesize oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotube-cyclodextrin polymer and explore the possibility of using this polymer for the remediation of heavy metal contamination in the aquatic environment. Herein we report the results obtained from testing the polymer for the removal of lead and cobalt from synthetic water solutions. The performance of the polymer was matched against pristine and oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes. The polymer was found to perform better at lower concentrations (10 mg L-1 with adsorption capacities of 4.08 and 3.89 mg g-1 for lead and cobalt, respectively. These correspond to 68.0 and 64.8% removal of lead and cobalt, respectively. The maximum adsorption capacity of the polymer from the Langmuir isotherms was calculated to be 28.86 and 21.44 mg g-1 for lead and cobalt, respectively, at an initial concentration range of 10-50 mg L-1. Competitive adsorption studies revealed that lead is adsorbed better than cobalt. Furthermore, the adsorption capacity of the polymer is lower in the competitive adsorption than in the single metal ion adsorption, suggesting competition between the lead and cobalt ions.

  8. Molecular Characterization and Phylogenetic Analyses of Heavy Metal Removal Bacteria from the Persian Gulf

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A total of 35 heavy metals resistance and removal bacterial strains were isolated from samples of marine environment and enclosed industrial areas. All isolates were characterized by molecular method. The diversity of isolated bacteria was examined by the phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences. The phylogenetic analysis of the sequences revealed seven main taxonomic lineages. The phylogenetic tree illustrated discrimination between isolated bacteria from wastewater, industrials area and marine environment. Results showed new genetic differences and relationship between marine and industrial strains. Some Pseudomonas strains isolated from marine environment were well differentiated from those of industrial wastewater. Members of the genera Delftia and Bacterium formed a monophyletic group within the subdivision of the class. There was a clear differentiation between two groups of Pseudomonas and other groups of bacteria in the phylogenetic tree.

  9. Removal of eutrophication factors and heavy metal from a closed cultivation system using the macroalgae, Gracilaria sp. (Rhodophyta)

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    Kang, Kyoung Ho; Sui, Zhenghong

    2010-11-01

    In this study, the ability of macroalgae Gracilaria sp. of removing eutrophication factors and toxic heavy metals Al, Cr, and Zn in a closed cultivation system is reported. The results show that the concentration of the three heavy metals decreased significantly during the experimental period in an algal biomass dependent manner. The biofiltration capacity of the alga for Al, Cr, and Zn is 10.1%-72.6%, 52.5%-83.4% and 36.5%-91.7%, respectively. Using more materials resulted in stronger heavy metal removal. Additionally, the concentration of chl- a, TN, TP and DIN of water samples from aquariums involving large, medium, and small algal biomass cultivation increased first and then decreased during the experiment. COD value of all three groups decreased with time and displayed algal biomass dependency: more algae resulting in a greater COD value than those of less biomass. Furthermore, changes in COD reflect an obvious organic particles deprivation process of algae. This is the first report on heavy metal removal effect by Gracilaria species. The results suggest that macroalgae can be used as a biofilter for the treatment of nutrient-enriched or heavy-metal polluted water, to which an appropriate time range should be carefully determined.

  10. Hybrid flotation--membrane filtration process for the removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater.

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    Blöcher, C; Dorda, J; Mavrov, V; Chmiel, H; Lazaridis, N K; Matis, K A

    2003-09-01

    A promising process for the removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions involves bonding the metals firstly to a special bonding agent and then separating the loaded bonding agents from the wastewater stream by separation processes. For the separation stage, a new hybrid process of flotation and membrane separation has been developed in this work by integrating specially designed submerged microfiltration modules directly into a flotation reactor. This made it possible to combine the advantages of both flotation and membrane separation while overcoming the limitations. The feasibility of this hybrid process was proven using powdered synthetic zeolites as bonding agents. Stable fluxes of up to 80l m(-2)h(-1) were achieved with the ceramic flat-sheet multi-channel membranes applied at low transmembrane pressure (<100 mbar). The process was applied in lab-scale to treat wastewater from the electronics industry. All toxic metals in question, namely copper, nickel and zinc, were reduced from initial concentrations of 474, 3.3 and 167mg x l(-1), respectively, to below 0.05 mg x l(-1), consistently meeting the discharge limits. PMID:12909122

  11. Removal turbidity and separation of heavy metals using electrocoagulation-electroflotation technique

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    The electrocoagulation (EC) process was developed to overcome the drawbacks of conventional wastewater treatment technologies. This process is very effective in removing organic pollutants including dyestuff wastewater and allows for the reduction of sludge generation. The purposes of this study were to investigate the effects of the operating parameters, such as pH, initial concentration (C0), duration of treatment (t), current density (j), interelectrode distance (d) and conductivity (?) on a synthetic wastewater in the batch electrocoagulation-electroflotation (EF) process. The optimal operating conditions were determined and applied to a textile wastewater and separation of some heavy metals. Initially a batch-type EC-EF reactor was operated at various current densities (11.55, 18.6, 35.94, 56.64, 74.07 and 91.5 mA/cm2) and various interelectrode distance (1, 2 and 3 cm). For solutions with 300 mg/L of silica gel, high turbidity removal (89.54%) was obtained without any coagulants when the current density was 11.55 mA/cm2, initial pH was 7.6, conductivity was 2.1 mS/cm, duration of treatment was 10 min and interelectrode distance was 1 cm. The application of the optimal operating parameters on a textile wastewater showed a high removal efficiency for various items: suspended solid (SS) 86.5%, turbidity 81.56%, biological oxygen demand (BOD5) 83%, chemical oxygen demand (COD) 68%, and color over 92.5%. During the EC process under these conditions, we have studied the separation of some heavy metal ions such as iron (Fe), nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) with different initial concentrations in the range of 50-600 mg/L and initial pH between 7.5 and 7.8. This allowed us to show that the kinetics of electrocoagulation-electroflotation is very quick (<15 min), and the removal rate reaches 95%

  12. Comparative Study for Removal of Some Heavy Metals from Liquid Wastes Using Natural Resources and Bacteria

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    Twenty three bacterial strains have been isolated from polluted water and soil samples of Ismailia Canal in Egypt. The polluted sites were at Abu Zabal Factory (fertilizer factory), Elshaba factory (Aluminum sulfate factory) and Oil-pipes Company (petrochemical materials). By screening the abilities of these isolates to tolerate heavy metals, it has been found that isolate MAM-4was the most potent isolate. This isolate was identified as Providencia rettgeri. As the concentration of Al3+ increased the ability of P. rettgeri to uptake Al3+ decreased. P. rettgeri could remove 97.2% of Al3+ from 25 mg/L. Bacillus cereus ATCC 11778 (American Type Culture Collection, U.S.A) gave the same trend for Al3+ uptake but P. rettgeri was more tolerant to Al3+ than B. cereus ATCC 11778.With increasing Co2+ concentration, abilities of P. rettgeri and B. cereus ATCC 11778 to uptake decreased. P. rettgeri could uptake 59 mg/L Co2+ from 200 mg/L (29.5%), while B. cereus ATCC 11778 uptake 68.3 mg/L (34.1%). Also, as the concentration of Cu2+ increased the abilities of P. rettgeri and B. cereus ATCC 11778 to uptake Cu2+ decreased. P. rettgeri removed 11.5 mg/Cu2+ from 25 mg/L (47.0%), while B. cereus ATCC 11778 removed 13.5 mg/L from the some concentration (54.%). Combined treatment of 1.0% untreated clay with P. rettgeri could remove 471.8 mg/L Al3+ from 500 mg/L (94.4%), 82.4 mg/L Co2+ from 200 mg/L (41.2%) and 150 mg/L Cu2+ from 300 mg/L (50%). However, 1.0 % treated clay combined with P. rettgeri adsorbed 207.8 mg/L Al3+from 500 mg/L (41.5%), 52.0 mg/L Co2+ from 200 mg/L (26.0%) and 185 mg/L Cu2+ from 300 mg/L (61.6%). The combined treatment adsorbed more heavy metals than clay only or bacterial cells only. Three KGy gamma radiations reduced the viable count of P. rettgeri by 7.4 log cycles. P. rettegri mutant MI was able to tolerate more Al3+ than the parent strain

  13. Effective removal of heavy metals from industrial sludge with the aid of a biodegradable chelating ligand GLDA

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    Highlights: • A novel readily biodegradable chelating ligand was employed to remove heavy metals. • The effects of different conditions on the extraction with GLDA were probed. • Species distribution of metals before and after extraction with GLDA was analyzed. • GLDA was effective for Cd extraction from sludge samples under various conditions. • GLDA offers special insights in the effective removal of heavy metals. - Abstract: Tetrasodium of N,N-bis(carboxymethyl) glutamic acid (GLDA), a novel readily biodegradable chelating ligand, was employed for the first time to remove heavy metals from industrial sludge generated from a local battery company. The extraction of cadmium, nickel, copper, and zinc from battery sludge with the presence of GLDA was studied under different experimental conditions such as contact times, pH values, as well as GLDA concentrations. Species distribution of metals in the sludge sample before and after extraction with GLDA was also analyzed. Current investigation showed that (i) GLDA was effective for Cd extraction from sludge samples under various conditions. (ii) About 89% cadmium, 82% nickel and 84% copper content could be effectively extracted at the molar ratio of GLDA:M(II) = 3:1 and at pH = 4, whereas the removal efficiency of zinc was quite low throughout the experiment. (iii) A variety of parameters, such as contact time, pH values, the concentration of chelating agent, stability constant, as well as species distribution of metals could affect the chelating properties of GLDA

  14. Chitosan/sporopollenin microcapsules: preparation, characterisation and application in heavy metal removal.

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    Sarg?n, ?dris; Arslan, Gulsin

    2015-04-01

    Use of natural polymers as biosorbents for heavy metal removal is advantageous. This paper reports a study aiming to design a novel biosorbent from two biomacromolecules; chitosan, a versatile derivative of chitin, and sporopollenin, a biopolymer with excellent mechanical properties and great resistance to chemical and biological attack. Chitosan/sporopollenin microcapsules were prepared via cross-linking and characterised by employing scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Sorption performance of the microcapsules and the plain chitosan beads were tested for Cu(II), Cd(II), Cr(III), Ni(II) and Zn(II) ions at different metal ion concentration, pH, amount of sorbent, temperature and sorption time. The adsorption pattern followed Langmuir isotherm model and the sorption capacity of the chitosan/sporopollenin microcapsules was found to be Cu(II): 1.34, Cd(II): 0.77, Cr(III): 0.99, Ni(II): 0.58 and Zn(II): 0.71 mmol g(-1). Plain chitosan beads showed higher affinity for the ions; Cu(II): 1.46, Cr(III): 1.16 and Ni(II): 0.81 mmol g(-1) but lower for Cd(II): 0.15 and Zn(II): 0.25 mmol g(-1). Sporopollenin enhanced Cd(II) and Zn(II) ions sorption capacity of the chitosan microcapsules. Chitosan/sporopollenin microcapsules can be used in Cd(II) and Zn(II) metal removal. PMID:25660654

  15. Removal and treatment of radioactive, organochlorine and heavy metal contaminants from solid surfaces

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    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is defining decontamination and decommissioning (D ampersand D) obligations at its sites. Current D ampersand D activities are Generally labor intensive, use chemical reagents that are difficult to treat, and may expose workers to radioactive and hazardous chemicals. Therefore, new technologies are desired that minimize waste, allow much of the decommissioned materials to be reused rather than disposed of as waste, and produce wastes that will meet disposal criteria The O'Brien ampersand Gere Companies tested a scouring decontamination system on concrete and steel surfaces contaminated with radioactive and hazardous wastes under the sponsorship of Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. (MMES) at DOE's K-25 former gaseous diffusion plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The scouring system that O'Brien ampersand Gere Companies developed removes fixed radioactive and hazardous surface contamination, while leaving the surface intact. Blasting residuals are dissolved and treated using physical/chemical processes. Bench- and pilot-scale testing of the soda blasting system was conducted between December 1993 and September 1994 on surfaces contaminated with uranium, technetium, heavy metals, and PCBs. Areas of concrete and metal surfaces were blasted. Blasting residuals were dissolved in tap water and treated for radioactive, hazardous, and organochlorine constituents. The treatment system comprised pH adjustment, aeration, solids settling, filtratitment, aeration, solids settling, filtration, carbon adsorption, and ion exchange. This system produced treated water and residual solid waste. Testing demonstrated that the system is capable of removing greater than 95% of radioactive and PCB surface contamination to below DOE's unrestricted use release limits; aqueous radionuclides, heavy metals, and PCBs were below DOE and USEPA treatment objectives after blasting residuals treatment. Waste residuals volume was decreased by 71%The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is defining decontamination and decommissioning (D ampersand D) obligations at its sites. Current D ampersand D activities are Generally labor intensive, use chemical reagents that are difficult to treat, and may expose workers to radioactive and hazardous chemicals. Therefore, new technologies are desired that minimize waste, allow much of the decommissioned materials to be reused rather than disposed of as waste, and produce wastes that will meet disposal criteria The O'Brien ampersand Gere Companies tested a scouring decontamination system on concrete and steel surfaces contaminated with radioactive and hazardous wastes under the sponsorship of Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. (MMES) at DOE's K-25 former gaseous diffusion plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The scouring system that O'Brien ampersand Gere Companies developed removes fixed radioactive and hazardous surface contamination, while leaving the surface intact. Blasting residuals are dissolved and treated using physical/chemical processes. Bench- and pilot-scale testing of the soda blasting system was conducted between December 1993 and September 1994 on surfaces contaminated with uranium, technetium, heavy metals, and PCBs. Areas of concrete and metal surfaces were blasted. Blasting residuals were dissolved in tap water and treated for radioactive, hazardous, and organochlorine constituents. The treatment system comprised pH adjustment, aeration, solids settling, filtrat

  16. Micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration for the removal of heavy metals from phosphorous-rich wastewaters : from end-of-pipe to clean technology

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    2012-01-01

    Abstract Fertilizer industry often generates phosphorous rich wastewaters containing heavy metals. While phosphorous is a valuable compound for the industry, heavy metals hinder the recovery of phosphorous due to their detrimental effects on human health and the environment. Consequently, heavy metals must be removed from the wastewaters. In this study the use of micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF) was evaluated for the removal of cadmium, copper, zinc and nickel from phosphorous ric...

  17. Influence of the civil construction debris layer in heavy metals removal of the leachate submitted to recirculation in landfill

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    Maike Rossmann

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Little is known about the ability of stabilized organic matter (old MSW and construction waste (RCC to retain heavy metals from leachate generated in landfills. The objective of this study was to assess the potential of MSW to remove old heavy metals in MSW leachate produced by freshly collected, and the effect of RCC in the concentration of heavy metals in effluents from MSW old. In three columns (CR, put a layer of RCC and then MSW old and, on the other three (SR, only MSW old. Analyzed in the leachate and effluent pH, EC, BOD and metals Zn, Cd, Cu and Pb. There were similar and efficient removal of BOD and heavy metals in both treatments. The presence of the layer of RCC was considered important to the overall improvement in effluent quality, but did not influence the concentration of metals in the effluent. The order of retention of metals in the columns was: Cu ~ Pb> Cd> Zn. With the exception of Cd and Zn, all other variables assessed in the effluent were below the maximum standards set in DN 01.08 COPAM / CERH for release effluent into water bodies.

  18. Enhanced chitosan beads-supported Fe(0)-nanoparticles for removal of heavy metals from electroplating wastewater in permeable reactive barriers.

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    Liu, Tingyi; Yang, Xi; Wang, Zhong-Liang; Yan, Xiaoxing

    2013-11-01

    The removal of heavy metals from electroplating wastewater is a matter of paramount importance due to their high toxicity causing major environmental pollution problems. Nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) became more effective to remove heavy metals from electroplating wastewater when enhanced chitosan (CS) beads were introduced as a support material in permeable reactive barriers (PRBs). The removal rate of Cr (VI) decreased with an increase of pH and initial Cr (VI) concentration. However, the removal rates of Cu (II), Cd (II) and Pb (II) increased with an increase of pH while decreased with an increase of their initial concentrations. The initial concentrations of heavy metals showed an effect on their removal sequence. Scanning electron microscope images showed that CS-NZVI beads enhanced by ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (EGDE) had a loose and porous surface with a nucleus-shell structure. The pore size of the nucleus ranged from 19.2 to 138.6 ?m with an average aperture size of around 58.6 ?m. The shell showed a tube structure and electroplating wastewaters may reach NZVI through these tubes. X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) demonstrated that the reduction of Cr (VI) to Cr (III) was complete in less than 2 h. Cu (II) and Pb (II) were removed via predominant reduction and auxiliary adsorption. However, main adsorption and auxiliary reduction worked for the removal of Cd (II). The removal rate of total Cr, Cu (II), Cd (II) and Pb (II) from actual electroplating wastewater was 89.4%, 98.9%, 94.9% and 99.4%, respectively. The findings revealed that EGDE-CS-NZVI-beads PRBs had the capacity to remediate actual electroplating wastewater and may become an effective and promising technology for in situ remediation of heavy metals. PMID:24075723

  19. Removal of Heavy Metal Ions with Acid Activated Carbons Derived from Oil Palm and Coconut Shells

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    Mokhlesur M. Rahman

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In this work, batch adsorption experiments were carried out to investigate the suitability of prepared acid activated carbons in removing heavy metal ions such as nickel(II, lead(II and chromium(VI. Acid activated carbons were obtained from oil palm and coconut shells using phosphoric acid under similar activation process while the differences lie either in impregnation condition or in both pretreatment and impregnation conditions. Prepared activated carbons were modified by dispersing hydrated iron oxide. The adsorption equilibrium data for nickel(II and lead(II were obtained from adsorption by the prepared and commercial activated carbons. Langmuir and Freundlich models fit the data well. Prepared activated carbons showed higher adsorption capacity for nickel(II and lead(II. The removal of chromium(VI was studied by the prepared acid activated, modified and commercial activated carbons at different pH. The isotherms studies reveal that the prepared activated carbon performs better in low concentration region while the commercial ones in the high concentration region. Thus, a complete adsorption is expected in low concentration by the prepared activated carbon. The kinetics data for Ni(II, Pb(II and Cr(VI by the best selected activated carbon fitted very well to the pseudo-second-order kinetic model.

  20. Removal of Heavy Metals Ions from Wastewater with Conventional Activated Sludge Process: Case study in Isfahan (Iran

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    Ali Jalilzadeh

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The pollution of industrial and municipal wastewater, which mixes with the toxic metal ions, is an environmental important matter. The discharge of industrial wastewater, which contains heavy metals, is toxic for the life of aquatic organisms although it makes water supplies undesirable for drinking. Due to these materials is accumulative, so determination and removal these materials are necessary. This study was done in WWTP of Isfahan (Iran. The data were compared with the standards of US-EPA and Environmental Agency of Iran. In this comparison, some metal concentration of effluent was higher according to standard limits of Iran. Results of research illustrate, conventional activated sludge process only cannot remove heavy metal sufficiently.

  1. Removal heavy metals and sulphate from waste waters by sulphate-reducing bacteria

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    Ku?nierová Mária

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available This article is devoted to the process of bacterial sulphate reduction, which is used to removal of heavy metals and sulphate ions from waste waters.The life of animals and plants depends on the existence of microscopic organisms ? microorganisms (MO, which play an important role in cycle changes of biogenic elements on the earth. The sulphur cycle in the nature is considered as one of the oldest and most significant biological systems (Fig. 1. The sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB miss the assimilatory part of the cycle and produce sulphides. The microbial population of this dissimilatory part is called ?sulfuretum?. The SRB can be found in anaerobic mud and sediments of freshwater, thermal or non-thermal sulphur springs, mining waters from sulphide deposits, oil deposits, sea and ocean beds, and in the gastrointestinal tract of man and animals. The SRB represent a group of chemoorganotrophic, strictly anaerobic and gramnegative bacteria, which exhibit a great morphological and physiological diversity. Despite of their considerable morphological variety, they have one property in common, which is the ability to utilise preferentially sulphates (occasionally sulphites, thiosulphates, tetrathionates as electron acceptors, which are reduced to sulphides, during anaerobic respiration. The electron donors in these processes are simple organic compounds as lactate, malate, etc.,(heterotrophically reduction or gaseous hydrogen (autotrophically reduction. SRB can produce a considerable amount of hydrogen sulphide, which reacts easily in aqueous solution with the cations of heavy metals, forming metal sulphides that have low solubility. The bacterial sulphate reduction can be used for the treatment of acid mine drainage waters, which is considered to be the major problem associated with mining activities.In order to remove heavy metals from waste waters, e.g., from galvanizing plants, mine waters (Smolnik, ?obov locality and metallurgic plants (works Krompachy by use of the activity of SRB, mixed strains were isolated, cultivated, and their production of hydrogen sulphide was assessed. The cultures were then tested for the ability to precipitate copper and sulphates from a model solution.The bacteria were isolated from water samples from two localities: Východoslovenské ?eleziarne (works ? VS? and spring Gajdovka ? Gj. Isolation, cultivation and eliminating Cu2+ and SO42- was carried out under following conditions: statically, temperature 30 oC, pH 7,5, nutrient medium by J. Postgate (medium B, C and D and anaerobic conditions. Residual copper in the solution was measured by atomic absorption photometry. The concentracion of sulphates in the solution was measured by the nefelometric method.Our findings from the isolation of SRB from two Slovak water samples and testing the cultures for their ability to remove copper permit the following conclusions: SRB occur in sufficient numbers in sulphur mineral water from natural sources and in industrial waste waters reservoirs, the sulphate-reducing activity can be harnessed for the purification of some industrial waste waters.The nature possesses a great biological potential that can be exploited under certain conditions in the cleanup of environmental pollution resulting from the industrial activity in the past and present.

  2. Functionalized Nanoporous Silica for the Removal of Heavy Metals from Biological Systems: Adsorption and Application

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    Yantasee, Wassana; Rutledge, Ryan D.; Chouyyok, Wilaiwan; Sukwarotwat, Vichaya; Orr, Galya; Warner, Cynthia L.; Warner, Marvin G.; Fryxell, Glen E.; Wiacek, Robert J; Timchalk, Charles; Addleman, R Shane

    2010-01-01

    Surface-functionalized nanoporous silica, often referred to as self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS), has previously demonstrated the ability to serve as very effective heavy metal sorbents in a range of aquatic and environmental systems, suggesting that they may be advantageously utilized for biomedical applications such as chelation therapy. Herein we evaluate surface chemistries for heavy metal capture from biological fluids, various facets of the materials’ biocompatibi...

  3. Removal of heavy metals in a wet detention pond in Reykjavik

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    Guðbjörg Esther G. Vollertsen 1983; Hrund Ólöf Andradóttir 1972; Hildur Ingvarsdóttir 19--

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    A wet detention pond draining a residential area in the outskirts of Reykjavik was monitored during a 12 month period starting June 1st, 2008. The goal of the project was to increase the local information on stormwater pollution and detention pond treatment efficiency. Water samples taken during five runoff events were analyzed for a range of heavy metals and particle size. The results of this study was that on average, the heavy metal content of residential surface runoff entering the Icelan...

  4. Removal of heavy metals in a wet detention pond in Reykjavik

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    Guðbjörg Esther G. Vollertsen 1983

    2010-01-01

    Studying wet detention ponds is relevant because they are mainly built to protect salmon rivers. More knowledge is needed on wet detention ponds for Icelandic conditions. The goals of this study are to gather information about the time variability in heavy metal concentration in surface water entering a wet detention pond. In addition, estimate the treatment efficiency for heavy metals in a wet detention pond during different runoff events. Lastly, to evaluate the impact of a detention pond o...

  5. Removal of heavy metals by using adsorption on alumina or chitosan

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    Luisa Cervera, M.; Carmen Arnal, M.; Guardia, Miguel de la [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Research Building, University of Valencia, 50 Dr Moliner St. 46100 Burjassot, Valencia (Spain)

    2003-03-01

    The removal of heavy metals from wastewater by using activated alumina or chitosan as adsorbers was evaluated. Cd(II) and Cr(III) were employed as models of the behaviour of divalent and trivalent metal ions. The adsorption of Cd(II) and Cr(III) onto the adsorbers evaluated was studied as a function of pH, time, amount of adsorber, concentration of metal ions and sample volume. A 0.4-g portion of activated alumina can retain 0.6 mg Cr(III) and 0.2 mg Cd(II) from 20 mL sample adjusted at pH 4 and stirred for 30 min. It is therefore possible to totally decontaminate 500 mL of a waste containing 5 mg L{sup -1} Cd(II) and Cr(III) with 10 g alumina. On the other hand, 0.4 g chitosan can totally decontaminate 20 mL of a pH 5 solution containing up to 50 mg L{sup -1} Cd(II) and Cr(III). A 99.2{+-}0.1% retention of Cd(II) and 83{+-}1% retention of Cr(III) was obtained from 500 mL of a laboratory waste. The aforementioned strategies were applied for the minimization of analytical chemistry teaching laboratories and atomic spectrometry laboratory wastes. On comparing both adsorbers it can be concluded that chitosan is more preferable than alumina due to the reduced price of chitosan and the absence of side-pollution effects. (orig.)

  6. Simultaneous removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution by natural limestones

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    Sdiri, Ali; Higashi, Teruo

    2013-03-01

    Two natural limestone samples, collected from the Campanian-Maastrichtian limestones, Tunisia, were used as adsorbents for the removal of toxic metals in aqueous systems. The results indicated that high removal efficiency could be achieved by the present natural limestones. Among the metal ions studied, Pb2+ was the most preferably removed cation because of its high affinity to calcite surface. In binary system, the presence of Cu2+ effectively depressed the sorption of Cd2+ and Zn2+. Similarly Cu2+ strongly competed with Pb2+ to limestone surface. In ternary system, the removal further decreased, but considerable amount of Pb2+ and Cu2+ still occurred regardless of the limestone sample. The same behavior was observed in quadruple system, where the selectivity sequence was Pb2+ > Cu2+ > Cd2+ > Zn2+. From these results, it was concluded that the studied limestones have the required technical specifications to be used for the removal of toxic metals from wastewaters.

  7. Simultaneous removal of several heavy metals from aqueous solution by natural limestones

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    Sdiri A.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Four natural limestone samples, collected from the Campanian-Maastrichtian limestones, Tunisia, were used as adsorbents for the removal of toxic metals in aqueous systems. The results indicated that high removal efficiency could be achieved by the present natural limestones. Among the metal ions studied, Pb2+ was the most preferably removed cation because of its high affinity to calcite surface. In binary system, the presence of Cu2+ effectively depressed the sorption of Cd2+ and Zn2+. Similarly Cu2+ strongly competed with Pb2+ to limestone surface. In ternary system, the removal further decreased, but considerable amount of Pb2+ and Cu2+ still occurred regardless of the limestone sample. The same behavior was observed in quadruple system, where the selectivity sequence was Pb2+ > Cu2+ > Cd2+ > Zn2+. From these results, it was concluded that the studied limestones have the required technical specifications to be used for the removal of toxic metals from wastewaters.

  8. Mechanism study of selective heavy metal ion removal with polypyrrole-functionalized polyacrylonitrile nanofiber mats

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • PAN/PPy core/shell nanofiber used for Cr(VI) removal. • Adsorption mechanisms were investigated. • Selective adsorption performances were investigated. - Abstract: Polyacrylonitrile/polypyrrole (PAN/PPy) core/shell nanofiber mat was prepared through electrospinning followed by a simple chemical oxidation method. The polypyrrole-functionalized nanofiber mats showed selective adsorption performance for anions. The interaction between heavy metal anions and polypyrrole (especially the interaction between Cr2O72? and polypyrrole) during the adsorption process was studied. The results showed that the adsorption process included two steps: one was the anion exchange process between the Cl? and Cr(VI), and the other was the redox process for the Cr(VI) ions. The adsorption amount was related to the protonation time of the PAN/PPy nanofiber mat and increased as protonation time increased. Meanwhile, the Cr(VI) ions were reduced to Cr(III) through the reaction with amino groups of polypyrrole (from secondary amines to tertiary amines). PAN/PPy nanofiber mat showed high selectivity for Cr(VI), and the adsorption performance was nearly unaffected by other co-existing anions (Cl?, NO3?, and SO42?) except for PO43? for the pH change

  9. The Use of Microwave Derived Activated Carbon for Removal of Heavy Metal in Aqueous Solution

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    Rafeah Wahi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Palm oil processing waste which is palm oil kernel shell (POKS was converted to activated carbon (POKS AC through 7 min microwave pyrolysis at temperature 270 °C followed by chemical activation using NaOH and HCl. The adsorption study on Ni(II, Cu(II and Cr(IV was conducted to evaluate the efficiency of the prepared activated carbon to remove heavy metal. The adsorption capacity was determined as a function of adsorbate initial concentration and adsorbent dosage. Based on Langmuir isotherm, Ni(II showed highest adsorption capacity of 40.98 mg/g, followed by Cr(IV and Cu(II with adsorption capacity of 40.60 mg/g and 13.69 mg/g, respectively. Cr(IV and Cu(II showed better fitting to Freundlich isotherm model with high correlation regression indicating the applicability of heterogeneous adsorption. Ni(II show better fitting with Langmuir isotherm that indicate monolayer coverage. The use of POKS AC is not only effective for adsorption of Cr(IV, Ni(II and Cu(II in aqueous solution but also helps to overcome the over abundance of POKS waste problem.

  10. Removal of Heavy Metal Ions (Pb2+, Cu2+ in Aqueous Solutions by Pterygota macrocarpa Sawdust

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    K. Adouby

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is the use of Pterygota macrocarpa sawdust as adsorbent for lead and copper removal into aqueous acid solutions. The results showed that the rate of removal is better for particle sizes lower than 0.5 mm, in the metal solutions at pH 3. The Langmuir, Freundlich and Temkin isotherms studies were allowed to determine the maximum capacity of adsorption of the sawdust; it is 115.61 and 24.02 mg g-1 for the lead and cooper removal, respectively. This study also showed that the metal ions removal is accompanied by a releasing of K+, Ca2+ and Mg2+ in the metal solutions. This use could constitute a way of valorisation of the sawdust, a main waste of the wood industry.

  11. Linen Fire as Biosorbent to Remove Heavy Metal Ions From Wastewater Modeling

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    Ildar G. Shaikhiev

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The possibility of using linen fires – lnopererabotk i waste as a sorption material for the extraction of heavy metal ions from wastewater modeling. It is shown that treatment with acid solutions linen fires a low concentration increases the surface area of linen fires and thus sorption capacity for heavy metal ions. The values of the maximum sorption capacity ions Fe (III, Co (II, Ni (II and Zn (II under static and dynamic conditions. IR spectroscopy shows that along with the physical sorption process proceeds chemisorption.

  12. Soil amendments for heavy metals removal from stormwater runoff discharging to environmentally sensitive areas

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    Trenouth, William R.; Gharabaghi, Bahram

    2015-10-01

    Concentrations of dissolved metals in stormwater runoff from urbanized watersheds are much higher than established guidelines for the protection of aquatic life. Five potential soil amendment materials derived from affordable, abundant sources have been tested as filter media using shaker tests and were found to remove dissolved metals in stormwater runoff. Blast furnace (BF) slag and basic oxygenated furnace (BOF) slag from a steel mill, a drinking water treatment residual (DWTR) from a surface water treatment plant, goethite-rich overburden (IRON) from a coal mine, and woodchips (WC) were tested. The IRON and BOF amendments were shown to remove 46-98% of dissolved metals (Cr, Co, Cu, Pb, Ni, Zn) in repacked soil columns. Freundlich adsorption isotherm constants for six metals across five materials were calculated. Breakthrough curves of dissolved metals and total metal accumulation within the filter media were measured in column tests using synthetic runoff. A reduction in system performance over time occurred due to progressive saturation of the treatment media. Despite this, the top 7 cm of each filter media removed up to 72% of the dissolved metals. A calibrated HYDRUS-1D model was used to simulate long-term metal accumulation in the filter media, and model results suggest that for these metals a BOF filter media thickness as low as 15 cm can be used to improve stormwater quality to meet standards for up to twenty years. The treatment media evaluated in this research can be used to improve urban stormwater runoff discharging to environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs).

  13. Removal of some heavy metals from industrial waste water using polyacrylamide ferric antimonate as new ion exchange material

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    Composite ion exchangers consist of one or more ion exchangers combined with another material, which can be inorganic or organic and may it be an ion exchanger. The reason for manufacturing a composite material is to produce a granular material, with sufficient strength for column use, from ion exchangers that do not form, or only form weak, granules themselves. Attempts in this study are focused to prepare composite ion exchangers for treatment of wastewater. Heavy metals when present in water in concentrations exceeding the permitted limits are injurious to the health. Hence, it is very important to treat such waters to remove the metal ions present before it is supplied for any useful purpose. Therefore, many investigations have studied to develop more effective process to treat such waste stream. Ion-exchange has been widely adopted in heavy metal containing wastewater and most of the ion-exchangers (i.e. ion-exchange media) currently being used are commercially mass-produced organic resins.Therefore, the main aim of this work is directed to find the optimum conditions for removal of some heavy metals from industrial waste water.1-Preparation of polyacrylamide ferric antimonate composite.2-Characterization of the prepared exchanger using IR spectra, X-ray diffraction pattern, DTA and TG analyses.3-Chemical stability, capacity and equilibrium measurements will be determined on the materials using at different conditions (ph heating temperature and reaction temperature).4-Kinetic studies of some heavy metals.5-Ion exchange isotherm.6-Breakthrough curves for removal of the investigated metal ions on the prepared exchanger under certain condition.

  14. Heavy Metals Removal in Aqueous Solution by Activated Carbons Prepared from Coconut Shell and Seed Shell of the Palm Tree

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    S. Gueu

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to convert locally vegetal materials such as coconut shell and seed shell of palm tree, which are low-cost, renewable and widely available into inexpensive adsorbent materials for heavy metal copper, lead and zinc removal from wastewater. Both raw materials were chemically activated by phosphoric acid (H3PO4. Various parameters such as adsorbent dose, pH and activation temperature of carbon were studied to establish optimum adsorption conditions. The results showed that the rates of adsorption of metals increase with adsorbent dose. The pH variation showed that maximum adsorption capacities were observed at pH 4. The carbons activated at 400°C display the better adsorption capacities. The amount of metal adsorbed on the activated carbons increases in the order Zn, Cu and Pb. Moreover, the presence of other metallic ions in the solution decreases the rate of removal of each of them.

  15. Studies on sorption, desorption, regeneration and reuse of sugar-beet pectin gels for heavy metal removal

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    Mata, Y.N. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Complutense University of Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n 28040 Madrid (Spain); Blazquez, M.L., E-mail: mlblazquez@quim.ucm.es [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Complutense University of Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n 28040 Madrid (Spain); Ballester, A.; Gonzalez, F.; Munoz, J.A. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Complutense University of Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-06-15

    This work reports the effectiveness of sugar-beet pectin xerogels for the removal of heavy metals (cadmium, lead and copper) after multiple batch sorption-desorption cycles, with and without a gels regeneration step. Metals were recovered from xerogel beads without destroying their sorption capability and the beads were successfully reused (nine cycles) without significant loss in both biosorption capacity and biosorbent mass. Metals uptake levelled off or increased after using a 1 M CaCl{sub 2} regeneration step after each desorption. Calcium, as a regenerating agent, increased the stability and reusability of the gels repairing the damage caused by the acid and removing the excess protons after each elution providing new binding sites. Because of their excellent reusability, pectin xerogels are suitable for metal remediation technologies.

  16. Characterization of potassium hydroxide (KOH) modified hydrochars from different feedstocks for enhanced removal of heavy metals from water.

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    Sun, Kejing; Tang, Jingchun; Gong, Yanyan; Zhang, Hairong

    2015-11-01

    Hydrochars produced from different feedstocks (sawdust, wheat straw, and corn stalk) via hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) and KOH modification were used as alternative adsorbents for aqueous heavy metals remediation. The chemical and physical properties of the hydrochars and KOH-treated hydrochars were characterized, and the ability of hydrochars for removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions as a function of reaction time, pH, and initial contaminant concentration was tested. The results showed that KOH modification of hydrochars might have increased the aromatic and oxygen-containing functional groups, such as carboxyl groups, resulting in about 2-3 times increase of cadmium sorption capacity (30.40-40.78 mg/g) compared to that of unmodified hydrochars (13.92-14.52 mg/g). The sorption ability among different feedstocks after modification was as the following: sawdust?>?wheat straw?>?corn stack. Cadmium sorption kinetics on modified hydrochars could be interpreted with a pseudo-second order, and sorption isotherm was simulated with Langmuir adsorption model. High cadmium uptake on modified hydrochars was observed over the pH range of 4.0-8.0, while for other heavy metals (Pb(2+), Cu(2+), and Zn(2+)) the range was 4.0-6.0. In a multi-metal system, the sorption capacity of heavy metals by modified hydrochars was also higher than that by unmodified ones and followed the order of Pb(II)?>?Cu(II)?>?Cd(II)?>?Zn(II). The results suggest that KOH-modified hydrochars can be used as a low cost, environmental-friendly, and effective adsorbent for heavy metal removal from aqueous solutions. PMID:26081779

  17. Voltammetric evaluation of chitosan as an effective complexing ligand for the removal of toxic heavy metals

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    Lasheras-Zubiate, M. (María); Fernandez, J.M.; Navarro-Blasco, I. (Íñigo)

    2008-01-01

    Program of the 59th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, 2008:138: The aim of this study is to evaluate de complexation of toxic heavy metals such as Pb, Zn, Cd and Cu by three commercial chitosans with different molecular weights. For this purpose, the complexation capacity of chitosan was evaluated through competitive deposit of the metals onto the HMDE from ligand-containing solutions and subsequent voltammetric measurement of the anodic stripping...

  18. Heavy Metals Removal in Aqueous Solution by Activated Carbons Prepared from Coconut Shell and Seed Shell of the Palm Tree

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    S. Gueu; B. Yao; K. Adouby; Ado, G.

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to convert locally vegetal materials such as coconut shell and seed shell of palm tree, which are low-cost, renewable and widely available into inexpensive adsorbent materials for heavy metal copper, lead and zinc removal from wastewater. Both raw materials were chemically activated by phosphoric acid (H3PO4). Various parameters such as adsorbent dose, pH and activation temperature of carbon were studied to establish optimum adsorption conditions. The results show...

  19. Removal of dissolved heavy metals from pre-settled stormwater runoff by iron-oxide coated sand (IOCS)

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    Møller, J (Jesper); Ledin, Anna; Mikkelsen, Peter Steen

    2006-01-01

    Sorption to iron-oxide coated sand (IOCS) is a promosing technology for removal of the dissolved heavy metal fraction in stormwater runoff. The development of a new technology is necessary since studies of stormwater runoff from traffic areas indicate that an oil separator and detention pond may not guarantee that emission limit values set by the Danish EPA are satisfied. Runoff water was sampled from an urban highway, allowed to settle for 24 hours to simulate the effect of a detention pond,...

  20. UV/O3 Preirradiated Cotton Fabric-Containing Chitosan for Effective Removal of Heavy Metals

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    A. Hebeish; Kh. Elnagar; M. H. Helal; M. S. Ragab; M. F. Shaaban

    2014-01-01

    The present work aims at studying the effect of Ultra-Violet/Ozone (UV/O3) irradiation of cotton fabrics on their interaction with chitosan/citric acid based formulation and, the onset of this on the ability of treated fabrics to remove heavy metal ions from their aqueous solutions. To achieve the goal, the cotton fabrics were preirradiated for 90 minutes using UV/O3 as radiation source. The irradiated and the unirrdadiated cotton fabrics were submitted to finishing ...

  1. Design and simulation of an activated sludge unit associated to a continuous reactor to remove heavy metals

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    D`Avila, J.S.; Nascimento, R.R. [Ambientec Consultoria Ltda., Aracaju, SE (Brazil)

    1993-12-31

    A software was developed to design and simulate an activated sludge unit associated to a new technology to remove heavy metals from wastewater. In this process, a continuous high efficiency biphasic reactor operates by using particles of activated peat in conjugation with the sludge unit. The results obtained may be useful to increase the efficiency or to reduce the design and operational costs involved in a activated sludge unit. (author). 5 refs., 2 tabs.

  2. Efficiency of Aluminum and Iron Electrodes for the Removal of Heavy Metals [(Ni (II), Pb (II), Cd (II)] by Electrocoagulation Method

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    Electrocoagulation (EC) technique is applied for the treatment of wastewater containing heavy metals ions such as nickel (Ni), lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) by using sacrificial anodes corrode to release active coagulant flocs usually aluminium or iron cations into the solution. During electrolytic reactions hydrogen gas evolve at the cathode. All the experiments were carried out in Batch mode. The tank was filled with synthetic wastewater containing heavy metals and efficiency of electrocoagulation in combination with aluminum and iron electrodes were investigated for removal of such metals. Several parameters, such as contact time, pH, electro-coagulant concentration, and current density were optimized to achieve maximum removal efficiency (%). The concentrations of heavy metals were determined by using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS). It is found that the electro-coagulation process has potential to be utilized for the cost-effective removal of heavy metals from wastewater specially using iron electrodes in terms of high removal efficiencies and operating cost

  3. Validity of manganese as a surrogate of heavy metals removal in constructed wetlands treating acidic mine water

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    The evaluation of manganese as a surrogate for heavy metal behavior in two wetland treatment systems receiving acidic coal mine drainage in central Pennsylvania was investigated. The use of manganese as an indicator is based on physical/chemical treatment processes quite different from wetland treatment. The treatment systems represented one anoxic, subsurface flow system and one oxic surface flow system. Water quality parameters measured included pH, alkalinity, acidity, and a suite of metals. Correlation and linear regression analysis were used to evaluate the ability of a candidate predictor variable (indicator) to predict heavy metal concentrations and removal. The use of manganese as a predictor of effluent quality proved to be poor in both wetland treatment systems, as evidenced by low linear R2 values and negative correlations. Zinc emerged as the best predictor of the detectable heavy metals at the anoxic wetland. Zinc exhibited positive strong linear correlations with copper, cobalt, and nickel (R2 values of 0.843, 0.881, and 0.970, respectively). Effluent pH was a slightly better predictor of effluent copper levels in the anoxic wetland. Iron and cobalt effluent concentrations showed the only strong relationship (R2 value = 0.778) in the oxic system. The lack of good correlations with manganese strongly challenges its appropriateness as a surrogate for heavy metals in these systems

  4. MECHANISMS OF HEAVY METAL REMOVAL FROM ACID MINE DRAINAGE USING CHITIN

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    Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) emanating from inactive or active mine sites contains elevated levels of toxic heavy metals, which can have an adverse impact to the surrounding environment. The major pathway involved in generation of AMD is weathering of pyritic mineral ores, where in s...

  5. Removal of heavy metals from tannery effluents of Ambur industrial area, Tamilnadu by Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis.

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    Balaji, S; Kalaivani, T; Rajasekaran, C; Shalini, M; Vinodhini, S; Priyadharshini, S Sunitha; Vidya, A G

    2015-06-01

    The present study was carried out with the tannery effluent contaminated with heavy metals collected from Ambur industrial area to determine the phycoremediation potential of Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis. Two different concentrations (50 and 100 %) of heavy metals containing tannery effluent treated with A. platensis were analysed for growth, absorption spectra, biochemical properties and antioxidant enzyme activity levels. The effluent treatments revealed dose-dependent decrease in the levels of A. platensis growth (65.37 % for 50 % effluent and 49.32 % for 100 % effluent), chlorophyll content (97.43 % for 50 % effluent and 71.05 % for 100 % effluent) and total protein content (82.63 % for 50 % effluent and 62.10 % for 100 % effluent) that leads to the reduction of total solids, total dissolved solids and total suspended solids. A. platensis with lower effluent concentration was effective than at higher concentration. Treatment with the effluent also resulted in increased activity levels of antioxidant enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase (14.58 units/g fresh weight for 50 % and 24.57 units/g fresh weight for 100 %) and catalase (0.963 units/g fresh weight for 50 % and 1.263 units/g fresh weight for 100 %). Furthermore, heavy metal content was determined using atomic absorption spectrometry. These results indicated that A. platensis has the ability to combat heavy metal stress by the induction of antioxidant enzymes demonstrating its potential usefulness in phycoremediation of tannery effluent. PMID:25944749

  6. Removal of Heavy Metals from Water by Lignite-Based Sorbents.

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    Jochová, M.; Pun?ochá?, Miroslav; Horá?ek, Jan; Štamberg, K.; Vopálka, D.

    2004-01-01

    Ro?. 83, ?. 9 (2004), s. 1197-1203. ISSN 0016-2361 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4072921 Keywords : waste water * heavy metals * lignite Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 1.368, year: 2004

  7. Physical Characterization of Prepared and Spent CFA/PFA/RHA Sorbents in Removing Heavy Metals and Dyes

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    S. Ismail

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available High concentration of heavy metals and dyes creates health and environmental problems. Different types of treatment have been applied to remove these pollutants. In this study, physical characterization of CFA/PFA/RHA sorbent has been investigated to obtain a better understanding of adsorption process in removing heavy metals and dye. The sorbents from Coal Fly Ash (CFA, Palm oil Fuel Ash (PFA and Rice Husk Ash (RHA were prepared using water hydration method, sol-gel method and activation by NaOH method. The prepared sorbents were used to remove single components of zinc (Zn2+, nickel (Ni2+, iron (Fe2+ and brilliant green dye from synthetic wastewater. The CFA/PFA/RHA sorbent prepared from sol-gel method showed high adsorption efficiency. From the particle size distribution analysis it was shown that the sorbents have a variation as a result of the reaction during the preparation of sorbent and treatment processes. Higher BET specific surface area was obtained for sorbent prepared from water hydration method. The surface morphology of the sorbents revealed the structure of CFA/PFA/RHA sorbent before and after the adsorption processes. This study shows that physical characteristics of CFA/PFA/RHA sorbent affecting the adsorption of heavy metals and dye.

  8. Removal of Heavy Metals from Simulated Wastewater Using Physically and Chemically Modified Palm Shell Activated Carbon

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    Nur Azreen Fuadi; Ahmmed Saadi Ibrahem; Kamariah Noor Ismail

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the present study is to investigate the adsorption efficiency of Activated Carbons (AC) derived from oil palm shell in an adsorption column for removal of beryllium, calcium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, lithium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, lead, antimony, strontium, titanium, vanadium and zinc ions from aqueous solution. Three types of adsorbent were used for the metal removal, which undergoes physical and/or chemical tre...

  9. Novel biopolymer-coated hydroxyapatite foams for removing heavy-metals from polluted water

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    Vila, M.; Sanchez-Salcedo, S.; Cicuendez, M.; Izquierdo-Barba, I. [Inorganic and BioInorganic Chemistry Department, Pharmacy Faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Plaza de Ramon y Cajal s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, CIBER-BBN (Spain); Vallet-Regi, Maria, E-mail: vallet@farm.ucm.es [Inorganic and BioInorganic Chemistry Department, Pharmacy Faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Plaza de Ramon y Cajal s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, CIBER-BBN (Spain)

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: {yields} 3D-macroporous biopolymer-coated hydroxyapatite (HA) foams as potential devices for the treatment of heavy metal ions. {yields} HA stable foams coated with biopolymers. {yields} Feasible advance in development of new, easy to handle and low cost water purifying methods. - Abstract: 3D-macroporous biopolymer-coated hydroxyapatite (HA) foams have been developed as potential devices for the treatment of lead, cadmium and copper contamination of consumable waters. These foams have exhibited a fast and effective ion metal immobilization into the HA structure after an in vitro treatment mimicking a serious water contamination case. To improve HA foam stability at contaminated aqueous solutions pH, as well as its handling and shape integrity the 3D-macroporous foams have been coated with biopolymers polycaprolactone (PCL) and gelatine cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (G/Glu). Metal ion immobilization tests have shown higher and fast heavy metals captured as function of hydrophilicity rate of biopolymer used. After an in vitro treatment, foam morphology integrity is guaranteed and the uptake of heavy metal ions rises up to 405 {mu}mol/g in the case of Pb{sup 2+}, 378 {mu}mol/g of Cu{sup 2+} and 316 {mu}mol/g of Cd{sup 2+}. These novel materials promise a feasible advance in development of new, easy to handle and low cost water purifying methods.

  10. Novel biopolymer-coated hydroxyapatite foams for removing heavy-metals from polluted water

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    Highlights: ? 3D-macroporous biopolymer-coated hydroxyapatite (HA) foams as potential devices for the treatment of heavy metal ions. ? HA stable foams coated with biopolymers. ? Feasible advance in development of new, easy to handle and low cost water purifying methods. - Abstract: 3D-macroporous biopolymer-coated hydroxyapatite (HA) foams have been developed as potential devices for the treatment of lead, cadmium and copper contamination of consumable waters. These foams have exhibited a fast and effective ion metal immobilization into the HA structure after an in vitro treatment mimicking a serious water contamination case. To improve HA foam stability at contaminated aqueous solutions pH, as well as its handling and shape integrity the 3D-macroporous foams have been coated with biopolymers polycaprolactone (PCL) and gelatine cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (G/Glu). Metal ion immobilization tests have shown higher and fast heavy metals captured as function of hydrophilicity rate of biopolymer used. After an in vitro treatment, foam morphology integrity is guaranteed and the uptake of heavy metal ions rises up to 405 ?mol/g in the case of Pb2+, 378 ?mol/g of Cu2+ and 316 ?mol/g of Cd2+. These novel materials promise a feasible advance in development of new, easy to handle and low cost water purifying methods.

  11. Microbial processes of heavy metal removal from carbon-deficient effluents in constructed wetlands

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    Kosolapov, D.B. [Russ. Acad. Sci., Institute of Biology of Inland Waters, 152742, Borok, Nekouz, Yaroslavl (Russian Federation); Kuschk, P.; Wiessner, A.; Kaestner, M. [UFZ-Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Department of Bioremediation, Permoserstrasse 15, D-04318 Leipzig (Germany); Vainshtein, M.B.; Vatsourina, A.V. [Russ. Acad. Sci., Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Pushchino (Russian Federation); Mueller, R.A. [UFZ-Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Umwelt- und Biotechnologisches Zentrum, Permoserstrasse 15, D-04318 Leipzig (Germany)

    2004-10-01

    This paper reviews the main microbial processes involved when toxic metals are removed from wastewater in constructed wetlands. Microbial activity is thought to play a key role in the detoxification of these metals. The paper concentrates on the microbial processes which affect the mobility, the toxicity and bioavailability of metals, namely biosorption, metal sulfide precipitation by sulfate reducers, redox transformations, and methylation, as well as microbe-plant interactions. These reactions result in either the precipitation and accumulation of metals in wetland soils, or their volatilization and emission into the atmosphere. The possibilities of optimizing the microbially mediated reactions for the development of wetland technology are discussed as a long-term metal retention strategy. (Abstract Copyright [2004], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  12. Hydrogen peroxide modification enhances the ability of biochar (hydrochar) produced from hydrothermal carbonization of peanut hull to remove aqueous heavy metals: Batch and column tests

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    Experimental and modeling investigations were conducted to examine the effect of hydrogen peroxide treatment on hydrothermally produced biochar (hydrochar) from peanut hull to remove aqueous heavy metals. Characterization measurements showed that hydrogen peroxide modification increased the oxygen-c...

  13. Synthesis and characterization of radiation grafted films for removal of arsenic and some heavy metals from contaminated water

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    Grafting of styrene/maleic anhydride and methyl methacrylate/maleic anhydride binary monomers onto the low density polyethylene film was performed using the ?-ray irradiation technique. Then, the synthesized grafted films were treated with different ammonia derivatives for developing chelating functionalization. These chelating products were characterized by the gravimetric method as well as by the Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopic method, and were used for removal of arsenic and some heavy metals from aqueous solutions. The optimum absorbed dose of 30 kGy reveals the graft yielding of about 325% in the films. Uptake of arsenic and some heavy-metal ions (Cr(III), Mn(II), Fe(III), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Pb(II)) from contaminated water by the chelating functionalized films (CFF) was examined by an atomic absorption spectrophotometer. The maximum arsenic removal capacity of 5062 mg/kg has been observed for the film treated with hydroxylamine hydrochloride. The CFF prepared by semicarbazide and thiol analogs show affinity toward the metal ions with an order: Cu(II)>Fe(III)>Mn(II) etc. The results obtained from this study indicate that the functionalized films show good chelating and ion-exchange property for metal ions. - Highlights: ? Optimization of radiation dose for grafting reaction of polyethylene with binary monomers. ? Chelating functionalization of grafted film with various amine compounds. ? Characterization of both grafted and chelating functionalized films. ? Proposed mechanism for both grafting and chelating functionalization reaction. ? Application of the synthesized films for the removal of arsenic and some heavy metals from contaminated water.

  14. Removal of heavy metals of used oils lubricants by biosorption; Remocao de metais pesados de oleo lubrificantes usados por biossorcao

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    Moreira, Albina da Silva [Rio Grande do Norte Univ., Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Quimica. Programa de Pos-graduacao em Engenharia Quimica]. E-mail: albina@eq.ufrn.br; Macedo, Gorete Ribeiro de; Duarte, Marcia Maria Lima [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN (Brazil)]. E-mail: marcia@eq.ufrn.br; gomacedo@eq.ufrn.br

    2003-07-01

    The used lube oils when thrown directly in the environment (water bodies, sewerage nets, soils) or when burned in a non-controlled way, causes serious problems to the environment. Used lube oils contain high levels of hydrocarbons and heavy metals, of which Iron (Fe), Copper (Cu), Lead (Pb), Nickel (Ni) and Chrome (Cr) are the most representative. Due to these problems and to the high consumption of energy in the re-refining process, came the interest of studying a new methodology for removing those heavy metals from discarded automotive lube oil through the process of biosorption. A type of heavy lube oil used in a bus fleet was chosen and it was characterized in order to find out which metals it contained and its concentration. Then the bio-solvent material was prepared, in this case, the pheophyta seaweed Sargassum Sp. For the biosorption study, some preliminary tests using Sargassum Sp protonated with HCl 0,06 M and without protonation were run. The purpose of using protonated and non-protonated biosorbent was to verify the process efficiency. It was observed that for metal with high level of concentration the protonated biosorbent was more efficient, while for metals with lower concentrations the non-protonated biosorbent was more efficient. (author)

  15. Phytoextraction - thte use of plants to remove heavy metals from soils

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    Raskin, I.; Kumar, P.B.A.N.; Dushenkov, V.; Motto, H. [Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ (United States)

    1995-12-31

    A small number of wild plants which grow on metal contaminated soil accumulate large amounts of heavy metals in their roots and shoots. This property may be exploited for soil reclamation if an easily cultivated, high biomass crop plant able to accumulate heavy metals is identified. Therefore, the ability of various crop plants to accumulate Pb in shoots and roots was compared. While all crop Brassicas tested accumulated Pb, some cultivars of Brassica juncea (L). Czern. showed a strong ability to accumulate Pb in roots and to transport Pb to the shoots (108.3 mg Pb/g DW in the roots and 34.5 mg Pb/g DW in the shoots). B. juncea was also able to concentrate Cr{sup -6}, Cd, Ni, Zn, and Cu in the shoots 58, 52, 31, 17, and 7 fold, respectively, from a substrate containing sulfates and phosphates as fertilizers. The high metal accumulation by some cultivars of B. juncea suggests that these plants may be used to clean up toxic metal-contaminated sites in a process termed phytoextraction.

  16. Effect of pulse current on energy consumption and removal of heavy metals during electrodialytic soil remediation

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    Sun, Tian Ran

    2013-01-01

    Contamination of soils and groundwater keep attracting attention of worldwide. The contaminants of concern include a wide range of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, radionuclides, and organic compounds. The environment and humans are exposed to these pollutants through different exposure pathways to unacceptable dosages, leading to intolerable adverse effects on both public health and the environment. In the last decades, soil and water remediation have gained growing awareness, as the nece...

  17. Removal of heavy metals from sewage sludge by extraction with organic acids

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    Veeken, A.; Hamelers, B.

    1999-01-01

    Waste water treatment in activated sludge plants results in the production of large amounts of surplus sludge. After composting the sludge can be reused as fertiliser and soil conditioner in agriculture. Compared to landfilling and incineration, utilisation of sludge-compost is a more sustainable treatment because it recycles both nutrients and organic matter. However the high levels of heavy metals in sludge frequently prevent the reuse of sludge compost in agriculture. The extraction of hea...

  18. Optimization of pH and Retention Time on the Removal of Nutrients and Heavy Metal (Zinc Using Immobilized Marine Microalga Chlorella marina

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    A. Shenbaga Devi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The interaction of phosphorus and nitrogen on their removal by microalgae can be of great concern during their role as bioremediant of waste water. Microalgae play an imperative role in nutrient and heavy metal removal in wastewater by their biosorption mechanisms. The study was attempted to optimize the pH and retention time for nutrient and heavy metal (zinc removal from aqueous solutions using immobilized marine microalga Chlorella marina as beads and powder. The study inferred that pH 6 was found to optimum for removal of all nutrients except nitrite. However, for heavy metal removal, the pH 8 was found to be suitable for biosorbent studies. Further, the present experiment inferred that the 24 h incubation was enough for nutrients and zinc removal while using immobilized microalga C. marina beads.

  19. Comparison of 2-compartment, 3-compartment and stack designs for electrodialytic removal of heavy metals from harbour sediments

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    Pedersen, Kristine B.; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.

    2015-01-01

    Comparisons of cell and stack designs for the electrodialytic removal of heavy metals from two harbour sediments, were made. Multivariate modelling showed that sediment properties and experimental set-ups had the highest influence on the heavy metal removal indicating that they should be modelled and analysed separately. Clean-up levels of Cu, Pb and Zn were significantly higher for the cell designs, implying that longer time and relatively more electric charge and energy would be necessary to achieve similar clean-up levels in the stack design experiments.In the studied experimental domain, the optimal current density for the 2- and 3-compartment cells was 0.12mA/cm2 (center value) removing the highest quantity of Cu, Pb and Zn per Wh. The highest percentages removed were 82% Cu, 81% Pb and 92% Zn were however achieved at higher current density. For the stack experiments conducted at same electric charge per unit sediment, energy consumption was a magnitude higher and the highest clean-up levels were 21% Cu,42% Pb and 73% Zn.

  20. An intelligent displacement pumping film system: A new concept for enhancing heavy metal ion removal efficiency from liquid waste

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    Highlights: • A new concept for design of an intelligent displacement pumping film was proposed. • As-prepared ESIX hybrid film system showed excellent Ni2+ uptake/exclude rate. • Piston-like proton pumping effect existed in the prepared ESIX hybrid film. • The mechanism of the ion pumping effect was proved by XPS analysis. - Abstract: A concept of electrochemically switched ion exchange (ESIX) hybrid film system with piston-like proton pumping effect for the removal of heavy metal ions was proposed. Based on this concept, a novel ESIX hybrid film composed of layered alpha zirconium phosphate (?-Zr(HPO4)2; ?-ZrP) nanosheets intercalated with a potential-responsive conducting polyaniline (PANI) was developed for the removal of Ni2+ ions from wastewater. It is expected that the space between ?-ZrP nanosheets acts as the reservoir for the functional ions while the intercalated PANI works as the potential-sensitive function element for piston-like proton pumping in such ESIX hybrid films. The prepared ESIX hybrid film showed an excellent property of rapid removal of Ni2+ ions from wastewater with a high selectivity. The used film was simply regenerated by only altering the applied potential. The ion pumping effect for the ESIX of Ni2+ ions using this kind of film was proved via XPS analysis. The proposed ESIX hybrid film should have high potential for the removal of Ni2+ ions and/or other heavy metal ions from wastewater in various industrial processes

  1. Determination of Heavy Metal Removal Efficiency of Chrysopogon zizanioides (Vetiver using Textile Wastewater Contaminated Soil

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    P. Lakshmanaperumalsamy

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A pot culture study was conducted using textile wastewater contaminated soil which was amended with Vermicompost (VC in various proportions for a period of two months. The plant used for the study was Chrysopogon zizanioides (Vetiver to investigate the accumulation of heavy metals in their roots. Physico-chemical parameters like pH, EC, TKN, P, K, TOC and metals like Pb, Cd and Cu and microbial population of the textile wastewater contaminated soil were analyzed initially (0 day and finally (60th day. The growth parameters of vetiver like root length, shoot length, fresh weight and dry weight were also recorded initially and finally. Based on the data C. zizanioides (Vetiver tolerated and accumulated the greatest amount of heavy metals. C. zizanioides could uptake more lead than the other metals. The effect of vermicompost on the growth of C. zizanioides showed that the biomass was increased when the vermicompost concentration was increased. The microbial population like bacteria, actinomycetes and fungi was more in the rhizosphere soil than in non-rhizosphere soil.

  2. Crayfish Carapace Micro-powder (CCM: A Novel and Efficient Adsorbent for Heavy Metal Ion Removal from Wastewater

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    Xiaodong Zheng

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Crayfish carapace, a plentiful waste in China, was applied to remove divalent heavy metal ions—copper (Cu, cadmium (Cd, zinc (Zn, and lead (Pb—from wastewater. The adsorption capacities of crayfish carapace micro-powder (CCM for heavy metal ions were studied with adsorbent dosages ranging from 0.5–2.5 g/L and with initial metal concentrations ranging from 50–250 mg/L. CCM particle size, initial solution pH (from 2.5–6.5, temperature (from 25–65 °C and calcium level (from 3.5–21.5% were also varied in batch mode. The results indicated that the adsorption capacity increases with both decreasing particle size and increasing calcium level of the crayfish carapace. The kinetic studies indicated that the adsorption could be complete within 2 h, and that the data correlated with the pseudo-second-order model. CCM recorded maximum uptakes of 200, 217.39, 80, and 322.58 mg/g for Cu, Cd, Zn, and Pb, respectively. The adsorption capacities and removal efficiencies of CCM for metal ions were three-times higher than those of chitin and chitosan extracted from the CCM.

  3. Fabrication of chelating diethylenetriaminated pan micro and nano fibers for heavy metal removal

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    Abdouss Majid

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, commercial acrylic fibers were modified with diethylenetriamine to prepare metal chelating fibers. The effects of process parameters on the efficiency of the reaction were investigated. FTIR spectroscopy and TGA analysis were used to confirm the chemical changes made to the fibers during the reaction. The ability of the modified fibers for removal of Pb (II, Cu (II and Ce (IV ions from aqueous media was determined. The modified fibers showed a slight decrease in mechanical properties compared to raw ones. Furthermore, the acrylic micro fibers were electrospun to nanofibers and the ability of modified nanofibers for the adsorption of the metal ions was studied.

  4. Modification of Salix americana willow bark for removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions

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    Rypi?ska Iwona

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Salix americana willow bark is a waste arising in the process of wicker decortication that so far has not found any practical application. The bark can adsorb metal ions, because in its composition among others are phenolic groups which may be involved in the removal of metal ions from water solutions. The results of sorption of copper(II and zinc(II on modified willow bark of Salix americana were presented. The bark was modified with nitric and sulfuric acids at concentrations ranging from 5 to 15%. The best adsorption results were obtained using 15% nitric acid for modification. Adsorption of metal ions from aqueous solutions at concentrations raging from 20 to 100 mg/dm3 was studied. It was found that an increase in the initial concentration of copper(II and zinc(II resulted in an increase in their adsorption on the modified cortex.

  5. Recovery and removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions by pertraction

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    Baron Miroslav

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available Overview on membrane based solvent extraction and pertraction through liquid membranes and their application in recovery of heavy metals from aqueous waste solutions. Recent data shows potential for these processes. Results of experimental study of influence of sulfuric acid concentration in the stripping solution on pertraction rate are presented. Liquid membrane with carrier Aorga P50 was studied. Rate of stripping is much slower than rate of extraction even when using 4M H2SO4. This fact should be reflected in model of mass-transfer presented in the paper. Further study should be directed to search for modifier enhancing stripping rate.

  6. An effective and recyclable adsorbent for the removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous system: Magnetic chitosan/cellulose microspheres.

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    Luo, Xiaogang; Zeng, Jian; Liu, Shilin; Zhang, Lina

    2015-10-01

    Development of highly cost-effective, highly operation-convenient and highly efficient natural polymer-based adsorbents for their biodegradability and biocompatibility, and supply of safe drinking water are the most threatening problems in water treatment field. To tackle the challenges, a new kind of efficient recyclable magnetic chitosan/cellulose hybrid microspheres was prepared by sol-gel method. By embedding magnetic ?-Fe2O3 nanoparticles in chitosan/cellulose matrix drops in NaOH/urea aqueous solution, it combined renewability and biocompatibility of chitosan and cellulose as well as magnetic properties of ?-Fe2O3 to create a hybrid system in heavy metal ions removal. PMID:26216781

  7. The application of polymer inclusive membranes for removal of heavy metal ions from waste solutions

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    B. Gajda

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the conducted studies was to determine the possibility of selective separation and precipitation of metal ions from polimetalic solution containing nickel(II, cobalt(II, cadmium(II and zinc(II cations using polymer inclusive membranes. 1-decylimidazole was used in membrane as a carrier of ions. The influence of chloride anions concentration on the process has also been investigated.Design/methodology/approach: Polymer inclusive membranes (PIM containing cellulose acetate as a matrix, orto-nitrophenyl octyl ether (ONPOE as a plasticizer and 1-decylimidazole as a carrier were used in investigations. The membrane processes were carried out in a membrane module for 24 hours.Findings: The results obtained point out a significant influence of chloride anions concentration on separation process of certain metal ions. It was observed that zinc(II ions are isolated most effectively from the solution containing 2M of chloride anions. About 88% of Zn(II, 5.5% of Co(II, 6.5% of Cd(II and below 1% of Ni(II were separated from such a solution.Research limitations/implications: The obtained results show that it is possibility of the selective extraction of heavy metal ions from polymetallic chloride solutions in membrane processes. The aqueous solution containing 2M of chloride ions was used in the investigation.Practical implications: The results show that Zn(II can be effectively recovered from solutions containing Co(II, Cd(II and Ni(II. This process would allow the utilization of waste solutions containing the heavy metal ions. The results of the study presented in the paper can be used in the utilization process of the spent batteries and accumulators.Originality/value: The innovative issue shown in this paper concerns the usage of 1-decylimidazole in selective separation of nickel(II, cobalt(II, cadmium(II and zinc(II ions in membrane process using PIM.

  8. Molecular Characterization of Some Novel Marine Alicyclobacillus Strains, Capable of Removing Lead from a Heavy Metal Contaminated Sea Spot

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    Eman A.H. Mohamed

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Sea water from heavy metal contaminated area in the Mediterranean, was analyzed for its heavy metal contents and their concentrations. It was observed that lead has the highest concentration (0.48 ppm among the remaining heavy metal concentrations. Four different Gram-positive, rod-shaped and spore forming Alicyclobacillus (formally Bacillus isolates were isolated from the same sea spot. Phenotypic characterization of pure cultures were examined for motility, Gram reaction, spore morphology, catalase and oxidase production. Scanning electron micrograph showed that cells of both strains were occurring singly or in short chains. Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD analysis showed a great deal of differentiation among the isolates, revealing that each of them has its own DNA fingerprint. A dendrogram showing the genetic similarity among the sea isolates, clustered them into two main groups at 30% of genetic similarity. Partial sequencing of the 16S rDNA of 2, representative isolates revealed that both of them are novel Alicyclobacillus strains S2 and S4. The isolates had the ability to remove lead from contaminated solutions. A promising strain, S4, showed a valuable uptake levels, 64 and 65.3% at 0.5 and 0.9 ppm of pb2+, respectively, after only 2 h of exposure to lead. This strain can be later used efficiently for the bioremediation of lead in contaminated water bodies.

  9. REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS FROM DYE EFFLUENT USING ACTIVATED CARBON PRODUCED FROM COCONUT SHELL

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    Onyeji, L. I.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The ability of activated carbon produced from coconut shell to remoe mercury Hg (II, Lead Pb (II and Copper Cu (II from dye effluent was investigated. The activated carbon was produced through chemical activation processes by using zinc chloride (ZnCl2. The adsorption capacity was determined as a function of adsorbent dosage. The adsorption Isotherms of the studied metals on adsorbent were also determined and compared with the Langmair models. The activated carbon produced showed excellent effecency in removing Hg (II and Pb(II with percentage removal up to 80 % at low adsorbent dosage of 2 g. In contrast, only about 29 % removal of Cu (II was achieved at adsorbent dosage of 2 g. The study also showed that the adsorption of Hg (II, Pb (II and Cu (II by the activated carbon is dependent on the dosage of the adsorbent and the initial metal concentration. The use of cocnut shell for activated carbon also helps in solving the problem of over abundance of cocnut shell as agricultural waste.

  10. Removal of Heavy Metals from Simulated Wastewater Using Physically and Chemically Modified Palm Shell Activated Carbon

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    Nur Azreen Fuadi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the present study is to investigate the adsorption efficiency of Activated Carbons (AC derived from oil palm shell in an adsorption column for removal of beryllium, calcium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, lithium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, lead, antimony, strontium, titanium, vanadium and zinc ions from aqueous solution. Three types of adsorbent were used for the metal removal, which undergoes physical and/or chemical treatment. In physical treatment, raw palm shell was burned at 600°C for 5 h. All the adsorbents undergo physical treatment, with only the first adsorbent unblended, while the second adsorbent was blended. The third adsorbent underwent physical and chemical treatments where the physically treated AC was mixed with solvents for 24 h, then washed and dried. The solvent used for the third adsorbent were acetone and benzene. The results indicated that removal of metal ions by adsorption spawned different activities for different adsorbents. It is indicated that for overall adsorption efficiency, AC derived by combining physical and chemical treatment showed a maximum adsorption capacity with the least area under graph; 1371, calculated using trapezoidal equation. The physical treatment produced high carbon content by carbonization and high surface area by size reduction, while the chemical treatment enhanced the development of carbon surface by generating more pores, thus increasing the number of adsorption sites.

  11. A breakthrough biosorbent in removing heavy metals: Equilibrium, kinetic, thermodynamic and mechanism analyses in a lab-scale study.

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    Abdolali, Atefeh; Ngo, Huu Hao; Guo, Wenshan; Lu, Shaoyong; Chen, Shiao-Shing; Nguyen, Nguyen Cong; Zhang, Xinbo; Wang, Jie; Wu, Yun

    2016-01-15

    A breakthrough biosorbent namely multi-metal binding biosorbent (MMBB) made from a combination of tea wastes, maple leaves and mandarin peels, was prepared to evaluate their biosorptive potential for removal of Cd(II), Cu(II), Pb(II) and Zn(II) from multi-metal aqueous solutions. FTIR and SEM were conducted, before and after biosorption, to explore the intensity and position of the available functional groups and changes in adsorbent surface morphology. Carboxylic, hydroxyl and amine groups were found to be the principal functional groups for the sorption of metals. MMBB exhibited best performance at pH5.5 with maximum sorption capacities of 31.73, 41.06, 76.25 and 26.63mg/g for Cd(II), Cu(II), Pb(II) and Zn(II), respectively. Pseudo-first and pseudo-second-order models represented the kinetic experimental data in different initial metal concentrations very well. Among two-parameter adsorption isotherm models, the Langmuir equation gave a better fit of the equilibrium data. For Cu(II) and Zn(II), the Khan isotherm describes better biosorption conditions while for Cd(II) and Pb(II), the Sips model was found to provide the best correlation of the biosorption equilibrium data. The calculated thermodynamic parameters indicated feasible, spontaneous and exothermic biosorption process. Overall, this novel MMBB can effectively be utilized as an adsorbent to remove heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions. PMID:26544889

  12. Removal of heavy metal from industrial wastewater using chitosan coated oil palm shell charcoal

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    Nomanbhay, Saifuddin M; Palanisamy, Kumaran.

    2005-04-15

    Full Text Available This research focuses on understanding biosorption process and developing a cost effective technology for treatment of heavy metals-contaminated industrial wastewater. A new composite biosorbent has been prepared by coating chitosan onto acid treated oil palm shell charcoal (AOPSC). Chitosan loading [...] on the AOPSC support is about 21% by weight. The shape of the adsorbent is nearly spherical with particle diameter ranging 100~150 µm. The adsorption capacity of the composite biosorbent was evaluated by measuring the extent of adsorption of chromium metal ions from water under equilibrium conditions at 25ºC. Using Langmuir isotherm model, the equilibrium data yielded the following ultimate capacity values for the coated biosorbent on a per gram basis of chitosan: 154 mg Cr/g. Bioconversion of Cr (VI) to Cr (III) by chitosan was also observed and had been shown previously in other studies using plant tissues and mineral surfaces. After the biosorbent was saturated with the metal ions, the adsorbent was regenerated with 0.1 M sodium hydroxide. Maximum desorption of the metal takes place within 5 bed volumes while complete desorption occurs within 10 bed volumes. Details of preparation of the biosorbent, characterization, and adsorption studies are presented. Dominant sorption mechanisms are ionic interactions and complexation.

  13. Removal of heteroatoms and metals from heavy oils by bioconversion processes

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    Kaufman, E.N.

    1996-06-01

    Biocatalysts, either appropriate microorganisms or isolated enzymes, will be used in an aqueous phase in contact with the heavy oil phase to extract heteroatoms such as sulfur from the oil phase by bioconversion processes. Somewhat similar work on coal processing will be adapted and extended for this application. Bacteria such as Desulfovibrio desulfuricans will be studied for the reductive removal of organically-bound sulfur and bacteria such as Rhodococcus rhodochrum will be investigated for the oxidative removal of sulfur. Isolated bacteria from either oil field co-produced sour water or from soil contaminated by oil spills will also be tested. At a later time, bacteria that interact with organic nitrogen may also be studied. This type of interaction will be carried out in advanced bioreactor systems where organic and aqueous phases are contacted. One new concept of emulsion-phase contacting, which will be investigated, disperses the aqueous phase in the organic phase and is then recoalesced for removal of the contaminants and recycled back to the reactor. This program is a cooperative research and development program with the following companies: Baker Performance Chemicals, Chevron, Energy BioSystems, Exxon, Texaco, and UNOCAL. After verification of the bioprocessing concepts on a laboratory-scale, the end-product will be a demonstration of the technology at an industrial site. This should result in rapid transfer of the technology to industry.

  14. Thermodynamics Study of Removal of Heavy Metal by TiN-Nanotubes

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    Mahdavian, Leila

    2015-12-01

    The ability of TiN-nanotube to remove lead (Pb(II)) and arsenic (As(III)) ions from aqueous solutions is investigated. The thermodynamics properties of Pb(II) and As(III) ions passing through TiN-nanotubes (TiN-NTs) is calculated in basis set (B3LYP/6-31G**) DFT-IR method by Gaussian program package. The results showed, Pb(II) and As(III) passing through had low potential in middle nanotubes, and are trapped in this place. The thermodynamic properties showed; the passing through are spontaneous and favorable because ?Gele (MJ/mol) is negative for them. The goal of this study is the detection of surface species of TiN-NTs for metal ions removal by using computer calculations. The structural and thermodynamic properties studied ions absorption on TiN-NTs at room temperature.

  15. Subcritical water treatment of explosive and heavy metals co-contaminated soil: Removal of the explosive, and immobilization and risk assessment of heavy metals.

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    Islam, Mohammad Nazrul; Jung, Ho-Young; Park, Jeong-Hun

    2015-11-01

    Co-contamination of explosives and heavy metals (HMs) in soil, particularly army shooting range soil, has received increasing environmental concern due to toxicity and risks to ecological systems. In this study, a subcritical water (SCW) extraction process was used to remediate the explosives-plus-HMs-co-contaminated soil. A quantitative evaluation of explosives in the treated soil, compared with untreated soil, was applied to assess explosive removal. The immobilization of HMs was assessed by toxicity characteristic leaching procedure tests, and by investigating the migration of HMs fractions. The environmental risk of HMs in the soil residue was assessed according to the risk assessment code (RAC) and ecological risk indices (Er and RI). The results indicated that SCW treatment could eliminate the explosives, >99%, during the remediation, while the HM was effectively immobilized. The effect of water temperature on reducing the explosives and the risk of HMs in soil was observed. A marked increase in the non-bioavailable concentration of each HM was observed, and the leaching rate of HMs was decreased by 70-97% after SCW treatment at 250 °C, showing the effective immobilization of HMs. According to the RAC or RI, each tested HM showed no or low risk to the environment after treatment. PMID:26340419

  16. Chestnut shell as heavy metal adsorbent: Optimization study of lead, copper and zinc cations removal

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    The influence of initial cation concentration, temperature and pH was investigated to optimize Pb2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+ removal from aqueous solutions using acid formaldehyde pre-treated chestnut shell as adsorbent. Experiments were planned according to an incomplete 33 factorial experimental design. Under the optimal conditions selected, the metal ion adsorption equilibrium was satisfactorily described by the Langmuir isotherm model. The maximum pre-treated chestnut shell adsorption capacity was obtained for Pb2+ ions, 8.5 mg g-1, and the order of cation affinity was Pb2+ > Cu2+ > Zn2+. A model that considered the effect of axial dispersion was successfully used to describe the fixed-bed adsorption behaviour of Pb2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions at the flow rates essayed. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopies showed that the functional groups involved in metal ions binding included carboxyl, hydroxyl, ether, alcoholic and amino groups.

  17. Removal of heavy-metal pollutants from ground water using a reverse-osmosis/coupled-transport hybrid system

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    Two membrane processes - reverse osmosis (RO) and coupled transport (CT) - are useful in removing heavy metals from aqueous solutions and producing purified water. Each process has advantages. RO produces clean water reliably and relatively inexpensively. However, the pollutants are removed nonselectively and cannot be appreciably concentrated. CT removes pollutants selectively and can concentrate them by several orders of magnitude, but CT suffers from limited reliability and performs poorly at low pollutant concentrations. By combining these two unit processes in a hybrid process, it is possible to capitalize on the advantages of each process and to minimize their disadvantages. The RO/CT hybrid process the authors are developing removes more than 98% of the uranium and chromium in a contaminated groundwater stream - reducing concentrations of each pollutant to less than 100 ppb. These pollutants are simultaneously recovered as a concentrate at metal-ion concentrations greater than 1 wt% in relatively pure form. The hybrid process promises to be reliable and to reduce treatment costs below that for costs if either CT or RO were used alone. Even more importantly, the high selectivity of the hybrid process minimizes the volume of waste requiring disposal

  18. Chemical modification of cellulosic biopolymer and its use in removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater.

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    Singha, A S; Guleria, Ashish

    2014-06-01

    Use of biological macromolecules for wastewater remediation process has become the topic of intense research mostly driven by growing concerns about the depletion of petroleum oil reserves and environmental problems. So in view of technological significance of cellulosic biopolymers in various fields, the present study is an attempt to synthesize cellulosic biopolymers based graft copolymers using free radical polymerization. The resulting cellulosic polymers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric (TGA) analysis. Furthermore, modified cellulosic biopolymer was used in removal of Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+) and Pb(2+) toxic metal ions from wastewater. The effects of pH, contact time, temperature and metal ions concentration were studied in batch mode experiments. Langmuir and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) models were used to show the adsorption isotherm. The maximum monolayer capacity qm calculated using Langmuir isotherm for Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+), Pb(2+) metal ions were 1.209, 0.9623, 1.2609 and 1.295mmol/g, respectively. The thermodynamic parameters ?H° and ?G° values for metal ions adsorption on modified cellulosic biopolymer showed that adsorption process was spontaneous as well as exothermic in nature. PMID:24704540

  19. Effects of Humic Acid and Suspended Solids on the Removal of Heavy Metals from Water by Adsorption onto Granular Activated Carbon

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    Sounthararajah, Danious P.; Loganathan, Paripurnanda; Kandasamy, Jaya; Vigneswaran, Saravanamuthu

    2015-01-01

    Heavy metals constitute some of the most dangerous pollutants of water, as they are toxic to humans, animals, and aquatic organisms. These metals are considered to be of major public health concern and, therefore, need to be removed. Adsorption is a common physico-chemical process used to remove heavy metals. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and suspended solids (SS) are associated pollutants in water systems that can interact with heavy metals during the treatment process. The interactions of DOC and SS during the removal of heavy metals by granular activated carbon were investigated in batch and fixed-bed column experiments. Batch adsorption studies indicated that Langmuir adsorption maxima for Pb, Cu, Zn, Cd, and Ni at pH 6.5 were 11.9, 11.8, 3.3, 2.0, and 1.8 mg/g, respectively. With the addition of humic acid (HA) (DOC representative), they were 7.5, 3.7, 3.2, 1.6, and 2.5 mg/g, respectively. In the column experiment, no breakthrough (complete removal) was obtained for Pb and Cu, but adding HA provided a breakthrough in removing these metals. For Zn, Cd and Ni, this breakthrough occurred even without HA being added. Adding kaolinite (representative of SS) had no effect on Pb and Cu, but it did on the other metals. PMID:26343692

  20. Effects of Humic Acid and Suspended Solids on the Removal of Heavy Metals from Water by Adsorption onto Granular Activated Carbon

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    Danious P. Sounthararajah

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Heavy metals constitute some of the most dangerous pollutants of water, as they are toxic to humans, animals, and aquatic organisms. These metals are considered to be of major public health concern and, therefore, need to be removed. Adsorption is a common physico-chemical process used to remove heavy metals. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC and suspended solids (SS are associated pollutants in water systems that can interact with heavy metals during the treatment process. The interactions of DOC and SS during the removal of heavy metals by granular activated carbon were investigated in batch and fixed-bed column experiments. Batch adsorption studies indicated that Langmuir adsorption maxima for Pb, Cu, Zn, Cd, and Ni at pH 6.5 were 11.9, 11.8, 3.3, 2.0, and 1.8 mg/g, respectively. With the addition of humic acid (HA (DOC representative, they were 7.5, 3.7, 3.2, 1.6, and 2.5 mg/g, respectively. In the column experiment, no breakthrough (complete removal was obtained for Pb and Cu, but adding HA provided a breakthrough in removing these metals. For Zn, Cd and Ni, this breakthrough occurred even without HA being added. Adding kaolinite (representative of SS had no effect on Pb and Cu, but it did on the other metals.

  1. Heavy metal sorption by microalgae

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    Viable microalgae are known to be able to accumulate heavy metals (bioaccumulation). Against a background of the increasing environmental risks caused by heavy metals, the microalgae Chlorella vulgaris and Spirulina platensis and their potential for the biological removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions were taken as an example for investigation. Small-scale cultivation tests (50 l) with Cd-resistant cells of Chlorella vulgaris have shown that approx. 40% of the added 10 mg Cd/l was removed from the solution within seven days. At this heavy metal concentration sensitive cells died. Non-viable microalgae are able to eliminate heavy metal ions in a short time by biosorption in uncomplicated systems, without any toxicity problems. Compared with original biomasses, the sorption capacity of microalgal by-products changes only insignificantly. Their low price makes them economical. (orig.)

  2. Graft copolymerization of polystyrene onto chitosan congress as an adsorbent for the removal of heavy metal ions

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    Chitosan is primarily composed of glucosamine, 2-amino-2-deoxy-?-D-glucose. Chitosan has different types of reactive functional groups. Both hydroxyl and amino groups are possible sites for the reaction to incorporate new and desired functional groups. By modification of these groups various materials for different field of application can be achieved. Chitosan has been used as adsorbent for the removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous solution through adsorption process. Properties of chitosan, such as solubility, mechanical stability and adsorption compatibility, are enhanced by grafting. In this study, chitosan was graft copolymerized with polystyrene for wastewater treatment and evaluated its effectiveness in removing toxic heavy metals by adsorption. Chitosan-graft-polystyrene was characterized by FTIR spectroscopy, and SEM. Adsorption study of the copolymer is carried out as a function of adsorbent dose, pH, and contact time. Residual concentration was measured by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. To get an insight of the rate of adsorption and the rate limiting step of the transport mechanism, kinetic analysis was utilized. Langmuir equation/isotherm was used for proper quantification of the sorption equilibrium in the bio sorption process (author)

  3. An intelligent displacement pumping film system: A new concept for enhancing heavy metal ion removal efficiency from liquid waste

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    Wang, Zhongde, E-mail: zdwangtyut@hotmail.com [Department of Chemical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Feng, Yanting [Department of Chemical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Hao, Xiaogang, E-mail: xghao@tyut.edu.cn [Department of Chemical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Huang, Wei [Department of Chemical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Guan, Guoqing, E-mail: guan@cc.hirosaki-u.ac.jp [North Japan Research Institute for Sustainable Energy (NJRISE), Hirosaki University, 2-1-3, Matsubara, Aomori 030-0813 (Japan); Abudula, Abuliti [North Japan Research Institute for Sustainable Energy (NJRISE), Hirosaki University, 2-1-3, Matsubara, Aomori 030-0813 (Japan)

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • A new concept for design of an intelligent displacement pumping film was proposed. • As-prepared ESIX hybrid film system showed excellent Ni{sup 2+} uptake/exclude rate. • Piston-like proton pumping effect existed in the prepared ESIX hybrid film. • The mechanism of the ion pumping effect was proved by XPS analysis. - Abstract: A concept of electrochemically switched ion exchange (ESIX) hybrid film system with piston-like proton pumping effect for the removal of heavy metal ions was proposed. Based on this concept, a novel ESIX hybrid film composed of layered alpha zirconium phosphate (?-Zr(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2}; ?-ZrP) nanosheets intercalated with a potential-responsive conducting polyaniline (PANI) was developed for the removal of Ni{sup 2+} ions from wastewater. It is expected that the space between ?-ZrP nanosheets acts as the reservoir for the functional ions while the intercalated PANI works as the potential-sensitive function element for piston-like proton pumping in such ESIX hybrid films. The prepared ESIX hybrid film showed an excellent property of rapid removal of Ni{sup 2+} ions from wastewater with a high selectivity. The used film was simply regenerated by only altering the applied potential. The ion pumping effect for the ESIX of Ni{sup 2+} ions using this kind of film was proved via XPS analysis. The proposed ESIX hybrid film should have high potential for the removal of Ni{sup 2+} ions and/or other heavy metal ions from wastewater in various industrial processes.

  4. Removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions using Fe3O4, ZnO, and CuO nanoparticles

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    This study investigated the removal of Cd2+, Cu2+, Ni2+, and Pb2+ from aqueous solutions with novel nanoparticle sorbents (Fe3O4, ZnO, and CuO) using a range of experimental approaches, including, pH, competing ions, sorbent masses, contact time, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The images showed that Fe3O4, ZnO, and CuO particles had mean diameters of about 50 nm (spheroid), 25 nm (rod shape), and 75 nm (spheroid), respectively. Tests were performed under batch conditions to determine the adsorption rate and uptake at equilibrium from single and multiple component solutions. The maximum uptake values (sum of four metals) in multiple component solutions were 360.6, 114.5, and 73.0 mg g?1, for ZnO, CuO, and Fe3O4, respectively. Based on the average metal removal by the three nanoparticles, the following order was determined for single component solutions: Cd2+ > Pb2+ > Cu2+ > Ni2+, while the following order was determined in multiple component solutions: Pb2+ > Cu2+ > Cd2+ > Ni2+. Sorption equilibrium isotherms could be described using the Freundlich model in some cases, whereas other isotherms did not follow this model. Furthermore, a pseudo-second order kinetic model was found to correctly describe the experimental data for all nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray before and after metal sorption, and soil solution saturation indices showed that the main mechanism of sorption for Cd2+ and Pb2+ was adsorption, whereas both Cu2+ and Ni2+ sorption were due to adsorption and precipitation. These nanoparticles have potential for use as efficient sorbents for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions and ZnO nanoparticles were identified as the most promising sorbent due to their high metal uptake.

  5. Heavy metal removal from produced water using retorted shale; Remocao de metais pesados em aguas produzidas utilizando xisto retortado

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    Pimentel, Patricia M.; Melo, Marcos A.F.; Melo, Dulce M.A.; Silva Junior, Carlos N.; Assuncao, Ary L.C. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil); Anjos, Marcelino J. [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia

    2004-07-01

    The Production of oil and gas is usually accompanied by the production of large volume of water that can have significant environmental effects if not properly treated. In this work, the use of retort shale was investigated as adsorbent agent to remove heavy metals in produced water. Batch adsorption studies in synthetic solution were performed for several metal ions. The efficiency removal was controlled by solution pH, adsorbent dosage, and initial ion concentration and agitation times. Two simple kinetic models were used, pseudo-first- and second-order, were tested to investigate the adsorption mechanisms. The equilibrium data fitted well with Langmuir and Freundlich models. The produced water samples were treated by retorted shale under optimum adsorption conditions. Synchrotron radiation total reflection X-ray fluorescence was used to analyze the elements present in produced water samples from oil field in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The removal was found to be approximately 20-50% for Co, Ni, Sr and above 80% for Cr, Ba, Hg and Pb. (author)

  6. Application of the artificial intelligence to estimate the constructed wetland response to heavy metal removal

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    Current design approaches lack essential parameters necessary to evaluate the removal of metals contained in wastewater which is discharged to constructed wetlands. As a result, there is no guideline for an accurate design of constructed wetlands. An artificial intelligence approach was used to assess constructed wetland design. For this purpose concentrations of bioavailable mercury were evaluated in conditions where initial concentrations of inorganic mercury, chloride concentrations and pH values changed. Fuzzy knowledge base was built based on results obtained from previous investigations performed in a greenhouse for floating plants, and from computations for mercury speciation. The Fuzzy Decision Support System (FDSS) used the knowledge base to find parameters that permit to generate the highest amount of mercury available for plants. The findings of this research can be applied to wetlands and all natural processes where correlations between them are uncertain. (author)

  7. Adsorptive removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution by treated sawdust (Acacia arabica)

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    The removal of Cr(VI), Pb(II), Hg(II) and Cu(II), by treated sawdust has been found to be concentration, pH, contact time, adsorbent dose and temperature dependent. The adsorption parameters were determined using both Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. Adsorption capacity for treated sawdust, i.e. Cr(VI) (111.61 mg/g), Pb(II) (52.38 mg/g), Hg(II) (20.62 mg/g), and Cu(II) (5.64 mg/g), respectively. Surface complexation and ion exchange are the major removal mechanisms involved. The adsorption isotherm studies clearly indicated that the adsorptive behaviour of metal ions on treated sawdust satisfies not only the Langmuir assumptions but also the Freundlich assumptions. The applicability of Lagergren kinetic model has also been investigated. The adsorption follows first-order kinetics. Thermodynamic constant (kad), standard free energy (?Go), enthalpy (?Ho) and entropy (?So) were calculated for predicting the nature of adsorption. The percentage adsorption increases with pH to attain a maximum at pH 6 and thereafter it decreases with further increase in pH. The results indicate the potential application of this method for effluent treatment in industries and also provide strong evidence to support the adsorption mechanism proposed

  8. Adsorptive removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution by treated sawdust (Acacia arabica)

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    Meena, Ajay Kumar [Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Defence R and D Organisation (DRDO), Brig. S.K. Mazumdar Road, Timarpur, Delhi 110054 (India); Kadirvelu, K. [Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Defence R and D Organisation (DRDO), Brig. S.K. Mazumdar Road, Timarpur, Delhi 110054 (India)], E-mail: kadirvelu@lycos.com; Mishra, G.K.; Rajagopal, Chitra [Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Defence R and D Organisation (DRDO), Brig. S.K. Mazumdar Road, Timarpur, Delhi 110054 (India); Nagar, P.N. [Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Defence R and D Organisation (DRDO), Brig. S.K. Mazumdar Road, Timarpur, Delhi 110054 (India); Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004 (India)

    2008-02-11

    The removal of Cr(VI), Pb(II), Hg(II) and Cu(II), by treated sawdust has been found to be concentration, pH, contact time, adsorbent dose and temperature dependent. The adsorption parameters were determined using both Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. Adsorption capacity for treated sawdust, i.e. Cr(VI) (111.61 mg/g), Pb(II) (52.38 mg/g), Hg(II) (20.62 mg/g), and Cu(II) (5.64 mg/g), respectively. Surface complexation and ion exchange are the major removal mechanisms involved. The adsorption isotherm studies clearly indicated that the adsorptive behaviour of metal ions on treated sawdust satisfies not only the Langmuir assumptions but also the Freundlich assumptions. The applicability of Lagergren kinetic model has also been investigated. The adsorption follows first-order kinetics. Thermodynamic constant (k{sub ad}), standard free energy ({delta}G{sup o}), enthalpy ({delta}H{sup o}) and entropy ({delta}S{sup o}) were calculated for predicting the nature of adsorption. The percentage adsorption increases with pH to attain a maximum at pH 6 and thereafter it decreases with further increase in pH. The results indicate the potential application of this method for effluent treatment in industries and also provide strong evidence to support the adsorption mechanism proposed.

  9. Enhancement of heavy metals removal efficiency from liquid wastes by using potential-triggered proton self-exchange effects

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    Highlights: • A mechanism of potential-triggered proton self-exchange effect was proposed. • An electroactive film was fabricated using a facile and controllable method. • The electroactive film showed a high selectivity to Cu2+ ion removal. • The electroactive film exhibited an excellent cycling stability. - Abstract: A concept of electrochemically switched ion exchange (ESIX) film with potential-triggered proton self-exchange effect (PTPS) for removal of Cu2+ ions was proposed. Based on this concept, a novel ESIX film made of poly (2,6- pyridinedicarboxylic acid) (PPDA) was successfully fabricated, and applied to remove Cu2+ ions from aqueous solution. It is found that Cu2+ ions were rapidly removed with a high selectivity and this film was reproducible by simple changing the applied potential. Herein, the mechanism of the potential-triggered proton self-exchange (PTPS) effect on the ion-exchange process using this kind of film was proposed. Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance, IR spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectra methods were used to characterize and attest the proposed mechanism. This PPDA film showed high potential for the Cu2+ detection and the treatment of wastewater containing heavy metal ions in various industrial processes

  10. New biodegradable organic-soluble chelating agents for simultaneous removal of heavy metals and organic pollutants from contaminated media

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    Highlights: • New soil remediation process using phase transition of partially miscible solvents. • Design and synthesis of new bio-degradable, organic soluble chelating agents. • Feasibility tests of the process on authentically polluted sediments and sludge. • Simultaneous removal of toxic metals and organic pollutants was demonstrated. -- Abstract: Advanced biodegradable and non-toxic organic chelators, which are soluble in organic media, were synthesized on the basis of the S,S-ethylenediamine-disuccinate (S,S-EDDS) ligand. The modifications suggested in this work include attachment of a lipophilic hydrocarbon chain (“tail”) to one or both nitrogen atoms of the S,S-EDDS. The new ligands were designed and evaluated for application in the Sediments Remediation Phase Transition Extraction (SR-PTE) process. This novel process is being developed for the simultaneous removal of both heavy metals and organic pollutants from contaminated soils, sediments or sludge. The new chelators were designed to bind various target metal ions, to promote extraction of these ions into organic solvents. Several variations of attached tails were synthesized and tested. The results for one of them, N,N?-bis-dodecyl-S,S-EDDS (C24-EDDS), showed that the metal-ligand complexes are concentrated in the organic-rich phase in the Phase Transition Extraction process (more than 80%). Preliminary applications of the SR-PTE process with the C24-EDDS ligand were conducted also on actually contaminated sludge (field samples). The extraction of five toxic metals, namely, Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn was examined. In general, the extraction performance of the new ligand was not less than that of S,S-EDDS when a sufficient ligand-to-extracted ion ratio (about 4:1 was applied

  11. Role of Organic Matter in the Removal of Heavy Metals in Stormwater Runoff

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    Barrett, M.; Ingenloff, C.; Katz, L.

    2011-12-01

    Heavy metals (copper, zinc, and lead) are common constituents in highway runoff and concentrations in runoff from highway facilities are particularly high. These concentrations are also generally higher than observed in natural water bodies and several studies have demonstrated acute and chronic toxicity to aquatic ecosystems. One focus of this project is to assess the potential of sorption to reduce the concentration of metals in runoff. The difficulty evaluating adsorption in multi-component systems is to capture the impacts of background organic matter and other complexing ions on adsorption behavior. Very few studies have evaluated the ability of surface complexation models to predict adsorption in systems that contain organic matter from highway runoff. Moreover, the composition of the organic matter in stormwater runoff can be significantly different from natural organic matter typically used to assess the impact of background organics on metal ion adsorption. This research project specifically addresses these concerns and examines the impact of highway runoff on the adsorption behavior to determine whether existing surface complexation and chemical speciation models and parameter databases can be used to predict adsorption of target metal ions in these waters. Previous research has employed both actual storm water that has been obtained from actual field highway runoff sites as well as synthetic storm water compositions that have attempted to mimic the major components of natural storm water. Researchers and practitioners in the field generally agree on the importance of capturing the background water matrix; however, concerns associated with required volumes, holding times, aging, consistency and temporal and spatial variability often favor the use of synthetic formulations. While synthetic storm water can achieve the required consistency, numerous artifacts can be introduced due to the high reactivity of trace metal ions with background inorganic and organic ligands. Of particular concern, is the background organic matrix associated with stormwater. While most of the inorganic composition of natural stormwater can be adequately characterized using routine analytical procedures, characterization of organic matter to the same level of detail is not possible. Indeed, methods for characterization of natural organic matter typically only provide operational definitions of the composition. A compromise between using natural and synthetic storm water was therefore made by recognizing the importance of capturing the organic matter from natural storm water, but adding the flexibility of using synthetic storm water to provide the ionic composition. To alleviate concerns associated with storing large volumes and aging of organic solutions, the storm water was concentrated within twenty-four hours of collection using reverse osmosis and then freeze-dried. The freeze-dried organic matter will be reconstituted as needed at concentrations that mimic the initial total organic concentration of the stormwater when it was collected. This paper provides detailed guidance for the preparation of a synthetic water that can be used to simulate stormwater composition.

  12. Impact of carbonate on the efficiency of heavy metal removal from kaolinite soil by the electrokinetic soil remediation method

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    While the feasibility of using electrokinetics to decontaminate soils has been studied by several authors, the effects of soil composition on the efficiency of this method of decontamination has yet to be fully studied. This study focuses its attention on the effect of 'calcite or carbonate' (CaCO3) on removal efficiency in electrokinetic soil remediation. Bench scale experiments were conducted on two soils: kaolinite and natural-soil of a landfill in Hamedan, Iran. Prescribed quantities of carbonates were mixed with these soils which were subsequently contaminated with zinc nitrate. After that, electrokinetic experiments were conducted to determine the efficiency of electrokinetic remediation. The results showed that an increase in the quantity of carbonate caused a noticeable increase on the contaminant retention of soil and on the resistance of soil to the contaminant removal by electrokinetic method. Because the presence of carbonates in the soil increases its buffering capacity, acidification is reduced, resulting in a decrease in the rate of heavy metal removed from the contaminant soil. This conclusion was validated by the evaluation of efficiency of electrokinetic method on a soil sample from the liner of a waste disposal site, with 28% carbonates.

  13. Investigating the Effectiveness of Mineral Precipitate as a Tool in the Removal of Heavy Metals from Mine Waters

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    Abongwa, P. T.; Geyer, C.; Puckette, J.

    2014-12-01

    Mine water from a precious metal mine in Colorado drains into an underground tunnel and flows for about 8 km before being discharged into a series of sequentially connected settling ponds (5) aimed at removing suspended particulate. Our results suggest these ponds also remove heavy metals from solution through adsorption and mineral precipitation. Analyses of the precipitates and water in the settling ponds showed relatively higher metal concentration on the precipitates than in the corresponding aqueous solutions. Speciation modeling showed that the precipitates were mainly travertine, ferrihydrite, fe-oxyhdroxide and gypsum and these are expected to provide surfaces for metal adsorption. Overall, the average concentrations of trace metals were such that, Al concentration was 0.0 mg/L for the aqueous sample and 9.4 mg/L for the precipitate; Fe concentration was 0.04 mg/L for the aqueous sample and 20.1 mg/L for the precipitate; Mn concentration was 0.2 mg/L for the aqueous sample and 10.2 mg/L for the precipitate; Sr concentration was 3 mg/L for the aqueous sample and 8 mg/L for the precipitate; Zn concentration was 0.1 mg/L for the aqueous sample and 1.4 mg/L for the precipitate. Sulfate concentrations in solutions (1346 mg/L) were about seventeen times higher than on the precipitate (80 mg/L). As the water exits the tunnel, its carbon is expected to consistently decrease over space as it moves along the settling ponds while precipitating carbonates. The dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) concentrations showed consistent drop from 109 mg/L at the tunnel exit to 96 mg/L at middle pond and 92 mg/L at the exit pond, which corresponds to decreasing pCO2 and removal of carbon from solution through travertine precipitation and CO2 outgassing. This data indicate a strong influence of mineral precipitate as an effective component in the attenuation of metals in mine

  14. Functionalized paper-A readily accessible adsorbent for removal of dissolved heavy metal salts and nanoparticles from water.

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    Setyono, Daisy; Valiyaveettil, Suresh

    2016-01-25

    Paper, a readily available renewable resource, comprises of interwoven cellulosic fibers, which can be functionalized to develop interesting low-cost adsorbent material for water purification. In this study, polyethyleneimine (PEI)-functionalized paper was used for the removal of hazardous pollutants such as Au and Ag nanoparticles, Cr(VI) anions, Ni(2+), Cd(2+), and Cu(2+) cations from spiked water samples. Compared to untreated paper, the PEI-coated paper showed significant improvement in adsorption capacities toward the pollutants investigated in this study. Kinetics, isotherm models, pH, and desorption studies were carried out to study the adsorption mechanism of pollutants on the adsorbent surface. Adsorption of pollutants was better described by pseudo-second order kinetics and Langmuir isotherm model. Maximum adsorption of anionic pollutants was achieved at pH 5 while that of cations was at pH>6. Overall, the PEI-functionalized paper showed interesting Langmuir adsorption capacities for heavy metal ions such as Cr(VI) (68mg/g), Ni(2+) (208mg/g), Cd(2+) (370mg/g), and Cu(2+) (435mg/g) ions at neutral pH. In addition, the modified paper was also used to remove Ag-citrate (79mg/g), Ag-PVP (46mg/g), Au-citrate (30mg/g), Au-PVP (17mg/g) nanoparticles from water. Desorption of NPs from the adsorbent was done by washing with 2M HCl or thiourea solution, while heavy metal ions were desorbed using 1M NaOH or HNO3 solution. The modified paper retained its extraction efficiencies upon desorption of pollutants. PMID:26452090

  15. Removal of heavy metals, Cd(II) and Pb(II) ions in water by sargassum herneri

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    Park, K.W.; Park, M.A.; Jang, H.; Kim, Y.H. [Kangnung University, Kangnung (Korea); Kim, E.K. [Se Myung University, Jecheon (Korea)

    1999-06-01

    Brown algae, Sargassum horneri, was used as an adsorbent to remove heavy metal Cd(II) and Pb(II) ions. Sargassum horneri picked in East Coast was formulated into the grain with the size of 40-60 mesh after wind dry. Batch method was used in order to investigate the adsorption rate by measuring the adsorption amounts with shaking time. In the column method, the adsorption amounts were measured by flowing metal solutions into the algae-packed column method, the adsorption amounts were measured by flowing metal solutions into the algae-packed column at the rate of 1 ml/min. Adsorption amounts in both batch method and column method were in the following order ; pH 10.5>7.0>3.5. It was found that Pb(II) was more adsorbed on the algae grain than Cd(II). It was also revealed that the adsorption amounts reached the maximum within 5 minutes irrespective of pH condition in the batch method. It was concluded that the batch method was more effective than the column method in terms of recovery rate. 17 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. Synergic adsorption in the simultaneous removal of acid blue 25 and heavy metals from water using a Ca(PO3)2-modified carbon.

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    Tovar-Gómez, R; Rivera-Ramírez, D A; Hernández-Montoya, V; Bonilla-Petriciolet, A; Durán-Valle, C J; Montes-Morán, M A

    2012-01-15

    We report the simultaneous adsorption of acid blue 25 dye (AB25) and heavy metals (Zn(2+), Ni(2+) and Cd(2+)) on a low-cost activated carbon, whose adsorption properties have been improved via a surface chemistry modification using a calcium solution extracted from egg shell wastes. Specifically, we have studied the removal performance of this adsorbent using the binary aqueous systems: AB25-Cd(2+), AB25-Ni(2+) and AB25-Zn(2+). Multi-component kinetic and equilibrium experiments have been performed and used to identify and characterize the synergic adsorption in the simultaneous removal of these pollutants. Our results show that the presence of AB25 significantly favors the removal of heavy metals and may increase the adsorption capacities up to six times with respect to the results obtained using the mono-cationic metallic systems, while the adsorption capacities of AB25 are not affected by the presence of metallic ions. It appears that this anionic dye favors the electrostatic interactions with heavy metals or may create new specific sites for adsorption process. In particular, heavy metals may interact with the -SO(3)(-) group of AB25 and to the hydroxyl and phosphoric groups of this adsorbent. A response surface methodology model has been successfully used for fitting multi-component adsorption data. PMID:22118844

  17. Biosorption of heavy metals

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    Volesky, B. [McGill Univ., Montreal (Canada)]|[B.V. Sorbex, Inc., Montreal (Canada); Holan, Z.R. [McGill Univ., Montreal (Canada)

    1995-05-01

    Only within the past decade has the potential of metal biosorption by biomass materials been well established. For economic reasons, of particular interest are abundant biomass types generated as a waste byproduct of large-scale industrial fermentations or certain metal-binding algae found in large quantities in the sea. These biomass types serve as a basis for newly developed metal biosorption processes foreseen particularly as a very competitive means for the detoxification of metal-bearing industrial effluents. The assessment of the metal-building capacity of some new biosorbents is discussed. Lead and cadmium, for instance, have been effectively removed from very dilute solutions by the dried biomass of some ubiquitous species of brown marine algae such as Ascophyllum and Sargassum, which accumulate more than 30% of biomass dry weight in the metal. Mycelia of the industrial steroid-transforming fungi Rhizopus and Absidia are excellent biosorbents for lead, cadmium, copper, zinc, and uranium and also bind other heavy metals up to 25% of the biomass dry weight. Biosorption isotherm curves, derived from equilibrium batch sorption experiments, are used in the evaluation of metal uptake by different biosorbents. Further studies are focusing on the assessment of biosorbent performance in dynamic continuous-flow sorption systems. In the course of this work, new methodologies are being developed that are aimed at mathematical modeling of biosorption systems and their effective optimization. 115 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs.

  18. Removal of dissolved heavy metals from pre-settled stormwater runoff by iron-oxide coated sand (IOCS)

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    MØller, J.; Ledin, Anna

    2002-01-01

    Sorption to iron-oxide coated sand (IOCS) is a promosing technology for removal of the dissolved heavy metal fraction in stormwater runoff. The development of a new technology is necessary since studies of stormwater runoff from traffic areas indicate that an oil separator and detention pond may not guarantee that emission limit values set by the Danish EPA are satisfied. Runoff water was sampled from an urban highway, allowed to settle for 24 hours to simulate the effect of a detention pond, and finally spiked with metals to ensure concentration levels similar to high levels reported in the leterature (Pb=20, Cu=40, Zn=110, and Cr=15 ppb). Column experiments were conducted to test the influence of the infiltration rate (1 or 3 m/h) and the type of iron(hydr)oxide mineral (amorphous ferrihydrite and goethite coated sand). The results show that at least 90% of lead, copper and zinc can be removed by IOCS after 480 pore volumes. Control columns with uncoated filter sand show that lead, copper and zinc were removed with >95%, 35% and 5%, respectively. The removal of the negative metaloxy-ion, CrO4-3 was insignificant in both IOCS and sand columns at pH=7.7. Destruction of the columns after the experiments showed, that Pb, Cu and Zn penetrated to different depths in the columns. No saturation of lead was found in the first cm of the column after 1696 pore volumes of teated water. Copper showed a curved adsorption front, indicating that an infiltration speed of 3 m/h is sligtly too fast for the equilibrium between water phase and IOCS to be reached. The column with ferrihydrite was fully saturated with regard to zinc after 1696 pore volumes. In general the coating of goethite is found to be at least twice as effective as ferrihydrite with respect to the adsorption capacity of copper and zinc. Furthermore, desorption of metals from the IOCS by soaking in weak acid (pH=2.25) showed that 20%, 58% and 75% of the adsorbed Pb, Cu and Zn was recovered. Reuse of the IOCS after soaking in weak acis is possible, but it is likely to lower the adsorption capacities found in this study.

  19. Highly effective removal of heavy metals by polymer-based zirconium phosphate: a case study of lead ion.

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    Pan, B C; Zhang, Q R; Zhang, W M; Pan, B J; Du, W; Lv, L; Zhang, Q J; Xu, Z W; Zhang, Q X

    2007-06-01

    Zirconium phosphate (ZrP) has recently been demonstrated as an excellent sorbent for heavy metals due to its high selectivity, high thermal stability, and absolute insolubility in water. However, it cannot be readily adopted in fixed beds or any other flowthrough system due to the excessive pressure drop and poor mechanical strength resulting from its fine submicrometer particle sizes. In the present study a hybrid sorbent, i.e., polymer-supported ZrP, was prepared by dispersing ZrP within a strongly acidic cation exchanger D-001 and used for enhanced lead removal from contaminated waters. D-001 was selected as a host material for sorbent preparation mainly because of the Donnan membrane effect resulting from the nondiffusible negatively charged sulfonic acid group on the exchanger surface, which would enhance permeation of the targeted metal ions. The hybrid sorbent (hereafter denoted ZrP-001) was characterized using a nitrogen adsorption technique, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Lead sorption onto ZrP-001 was found to be pH dependent due to the ion-exchange mechanism, and its sorption kinetics onto ZrP-001 followed the pseudo-first-order model. Compared to D-001, ZrP-001 exhibited more favorable lead sorption particularly in terms of high selectivity, as indicated by its substantially larger distribution coefficients when other competing cations Na(+), Ca(2+), and Mg(2+) coexisted at a high level in solution. Fixed-bed column runs showed that lead sorption on ZrP-001 resulted in a conspicuous decrease of this toxic metal from 40 mg/L to below 0.05 mg/L. By comparison with D-001 and ZrP-CP (ZrP dispersion within a neutrally charged polymer CP), enhanced removal efficiency of ZrP-001 resulted from the Donnan membrane effect of the host material D-001. Moreover, its feasible regeneration by diluted acid solution and negligible ZrP loss during operation also helps ZrP-001 to be a potential candidate for lead removal from water. Thus, all the results suggested that ZrP-001 offers excellent potential for lead removal from contaminated water. PMID:17336317

  20. Removal of heavy metals by exopolymeric substances produced by resistant purple nonsulfur bacteria isolated from contaminated shrimp ponds

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    Saijai, Panwichian; Duangporn, Kantachote; Banjong, Wittayaweerasak; Megharaj, Mallavarapu.

    2011-07-15

    Full Text Available Two purple nonsulfur bacteria (PNSB) strains, Rhodobium marinum NW16 and Rhodobacter sphaeroides KMS24 were investigated for their potential to remove heavy metals (HMs) from contaminated shrimp pond water. Tolerance of both PNSB strains growing with both microaerobic-light and aerobic-dark conditio [...] ns, based on their minimum inhibitory concentrations, was in the order of Cu2+ > Zn2+ > Cd2+ (Pb precipitation occurred at 0.34 mM). Results from a scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SEM-EDX) indicated that Cu2+ and Zn2+ altered the cellular morphology of both strains and accumulated HMs were found in their cells. The highest amounts of both cations were found in their cell walls followed by the cytoplasm and cell membrane. Using the highest concentrations (mM) of HMs found in shrimp pond of 0.0067 Cd2+, 0.54 Cu2+, 0.30 Pb2+, 0.89 Zn2+ and 3% NaCl under both incubating conditions exopolymeric substances (EPS) produced by both strains showed a greater removal of all HMs (average percentages; 90.52-97.29) than their cells (average percentages; 14.02-75.03).

  1. Electrodialytic treatment of municipal wastewater and sludge for the removal of heavy metals and recovery of phosphorus

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    Ebbers, Benjamin; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.

    2015-01-01

    Municipal wastewater and sewage sludge is an abundant source of phosphorus (P), but its usage is often limited due to wastewater treatment methods and contaminants, mostly heavy metals (HM's). Three compartment (3C) electrodialysis (ED) was used to simultaneously extract HM's (Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn) and recover P from municipal sludge samples obtained at different stages during wastewater treatment involving biological and chemical treatment as well as polymer addition for thickening of sludge and anaerobic digestion of excess sludge. Direct P recovery was investigated for high P reject water stream using the 3C ED cell setup and a two-compartment (2C) where the cathode in direct contact with the wastewater while P was extracted to and concentrated in the anolyte. Simultaneous extraction of HM's and recovery of P from wastewater or raw sludge using 3C ED was be most effective at a low pH using anaerobically digested sludge. The hydrolysis of OM during anaerobic digestion and the anaerobic conditions allowed for easier extraction of HM's such as Cd, Ni and Zn as they had fewer adsorption places, and improved P availability and extractability. Extraction of P from high concentration P streams was most effective using a 3C ED cell setup, with the electrodes separated from the sample by ion-exchange membranes. Extraction with the 2C ED cell setup was less effective due to a rise in pH, caused by half reactions at the cathode and subsequent precipitation of P. For either removal of heavy metals or recovery of phosphorus using ED, the end-products in wastewater treatment, like anaerobically digested sludge and reject-water streams, are therefore best to be treated.

  2. The potential of melt-mixed polypropylene-zeolite blends in the removal of heavy metals from aqueous media

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    Motsa, Machawe M.; Thwala, Justice M.; Msagati, Titus A. M.; Mamba, Bhekie B.

    The continued deterioration of the water quality in natural water sources such as rivers and lakes has led to tensions amongst relevant stakeholders to such an extent that cooperative water resource management is being regarded as an ideal solution to culminate conflicts and maximise the benefits. The desire to develop technologies that combine the three most important aspects of integrated water resource management (namely social, economic and environmental) has been encouraged by relevant authorities. This paper therefore reports the application of clinoptilolite-polypropylene (CLI-PP) blends/composites for the removal of lead from aqueous media. Just like many other heavy metals, lead poses a threat to water and soil quality as well as to plant and animal health. The findings on the adsorption behaviour of clinoptilolite-polypropylene composites with respect to Pb 2+ are also reported here, with the aim of extending its application to wastewater and environmental water purification. The batch equilibrium adsorption method was employed and the influence of contact time, pH, initial metal-ion concentration, temperature and pretreatment was determined. The optimum pH was found to be between pH 6 and pH 8 while the maximum sorption of lead at optimal pH was 95%. No big difference was observed between the adsorption behaviour of composites functionalised with 20% and 30% clinoptilolite, respectively. The pretreatment with HCl and NaCl made a slight difference to the adsorption capacity of composites.

  3. Perspectives of phytoremediation using water hyacinth for removal of heavy metals, organic and inorganic pollutants in wastewater.

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    Rezania, Shahabaldin; Ponraj, Mohanadoss; Talaiekhozani, Amirreza; Mohamad, Shaza Eva; Md Din, Mohd Fadhil; Taib, Shazwin Mat; Sabbagh, Farzaneh; Sairan, Fadzlin Md

    2015-11-01

    The development of eco-friendly and efficient technologies for treating wastewater is one of the attractive research area. Phytoremediation is considered to be a possible method for the removal of pollutants present in wastewater and recognized as a better green remediation technology. Nowadays the focus is to look for a sustainable approach in developing wastewater treatment capability. Water hyacinth is one of the ancient technology that has been still used in the modern era. Although, many papers in relation to wastewater treatment using water hyacinth have been published, recently removal of organic, inorganic and heavy metal have not been reviewed extensively. The main objective of this paper is to review the possibility of using water hyacinth for the removal of pollutants present in different types of wastewater. Water hyacinth is although reported to be as one of the most problematic plants worldwide due to its uncontrollable growth in water bodies but its quest for nutrient absorption has provided way for its usage in phytoremediation, along with the combination of herbicidal control, integratated biological control and watershed management controlling nutrient supply to control its growth. Moreover as a part of solving wastewater treatment problems in urban or industrial areas using this plant, a large number of useful byproducts can be developed like animal and fish feed, power plant energy (briquette), ethanol, biogas, composting and fiber board making. In focus to the future aspects of phytoremediation, the utilization of invasive plants in pollution abatement phytotechnologies can certainly assist for their sustainable management in treating waste water. PMID:26311085

  4. Biosorption of heavy metals.

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    Volesky, B; Holan, Z R

    1995-01-01

    Only within the past decade has the potential of metal biosorption by biomass materials been well established. For economic reasons, of particular interest are abundant biomass types generated as a waste byproduct of large-scale industrial fermentations or certain metal-binding algae found in large quantities in the sea. These biomass types serve as a basis for newly developed metal biosorption processes foreseen particularly as a very competitive means for the detoxification of metal-bearing industrial effluents. The assessment of the metal-binding capacity of some new biosorbents is discussed. Lead and cadmium, for instance, have been effectively removed from very dilute solutions by the dried biomass of some ubiquitous species of brown marine algae such as Ascophyllum and Sargassum, which accumulate more than 30% of biomass dry weight in the metal. Mycelia of the industrial steroid-transforming fungi Rhizopus and Absidia are excellent biosorbents for lead, cadmium, copper, zinc, and uranium and also bind other heavy metals up to 25% of the biomass dry weight. Biosorption isotherm curves, derived from equilibrium batch sorption experiments, are used in the evaluation of metal uptake by different biosorbents. Further studies are focusing on the assessment of biosorbent performance in dynamic continuous-flow sorption systems. In the course of this work, new methodologies are being developed that are aimed at mathematical modeling of biosorption systems and their effective optimization. Elucidation of mechanisms active in metal biosorption is essential for successful exploitation of the phenomenon and for regeneration of biosorbent materials in multiple reuse cycles. The complex nature of biosorbent materials makes this task particularly challenging. Discussion focuses on the composition of marine algae polysaccharide structures, which seem instrumental in metal uptake and binding. The state of the art in the field of biosorption is reviewed in this article, with many references to recent reviews and key individual contributions. PMID:7619394

  5. Fast microwave-assisted preparation of a low-cost and recyclable carboxyl modified lignocellulose-biomass jute fiber for enhanced heavy metal removal from water.

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    Du, Zhaolin; Zheng, Tong; Wang, Peng; Hao, Linlin; Wang, Yanxia

    2016-02-01

    A low-cost and recyclable biosorbent derived from jute fiber was developed for high efficient adsorption of Pb(II), Cd(II) and Cu(II) from water. The jute fiber was rapidly pretreated and grafted with metal binding groups (COOH) under microwave heating (MH). The adsorption behavior of carboxyl-modified jute fiber under MH treatment (CMJFMH) toward heavy metal ions followed Langmuir isotherm model (R(2)>0.99) with remarkably high adsorption capacity (157.21, 88.98 and 43.98mg/g for Pb(II), Cd(II) and Cu(II), respectively). Also, CMJFMH showed fast removal ability for heavy metals in a highly significant correlation with pseudo second-order kinetics model. Besides, CMJFMH can be easily regenerated with EDTA-2Na solution and reused up to at least four times with equivalent high adsorption capacity. Overall, cheap and abundant production, rapid and facile preparation, fast and efficient adsorption of heavy metals and high regeneration ability can make the CMJFMH a preferred biosorbent for heavy metal removal from water. PMID:26630582

  6. Removal of selected heavy metals from MSW fly ash by the electrodialytic process

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    Ferreira, Célia Maria Dias; Jensen, Pernille Erland; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Ribeiro, Alexandra

    2005-01-01

    This paper aims to assess the applicability of the electrodialytic remediation technique for the removal of zinc, lead, copper and cadmium from municipal solid waste (MSW) incinerator fly ash. A broad range of experimental conditions were studied including current densities, remediation times, use of assisting agents and cell design. Several operational problems were identified during the electrodialytic experiments, among which are formation of precipitates, dryness of sample and partial dissol...

  7. Design of high efficiency fibers for ion exchange and heavy metal removal

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    Dominguez, Lourdes

    Ion exchange materials coated on glass fiber substrates have a number of advantages over the conventional ion exchange beads. These include simplification of the overall synthesis including faster more efficient functionalization and elimination of toxic solvents. Other benefits include the ability to be fabricated in the form of felts, papers, or fabrics, improving media contact efficiency and enhancing both the rates of reaction and regeneration. In addition, physical and mechanical requirements of strength and dimensional stability are achieved by use of glass fiber substrates. Investigations were focused on design of: (1) polymeric cationic exchange fibers and their application for lead and mercury removal, (2) polymeric anionic exchange fibers and their application for arsenate removal, (3) enhancement of anionic fiber selectivity for monovalent ions over divalent ions through bulkier triaklylamine functional groups, and (4) polymeric mercaptyl fibers for the application of arsenite removal. The design and characterization of a cationic exchange fiber is described. Dynamic mode (breakthrough) experiments for calcium, lead, and mercury ion solutions are also presented. The second system consists of the preparation and characterization of anionic exchange fibers with equilibrium adsorption isotherms and dynamic mode kinetic experiments for arsenate removal. Modification of the resin with bulkier functional groups (trimethylamine, triethylamine, tripropylamine, tributylanmine), thereby effecting a change in the selectivity from divalent species to monovalent species, is considered in the separation of nitrates from sulfates. The ability of a thiol group to bind to the highly toxic arsenite ion (as is done in proteins and enzymes) provided the model used to chemically modify and characterize a polyvinyl alcohol mercaptyl fibrous system, coated on a fiberglass substrate, for the purpose of arsenite (As3+) removal from water. Physical/chemical aspects of naturally occurring thiols and disulfides was used to draw parallels to observations found with the polyvinyl alcohol mercaptyl system and its reactivity towards arsenite. The ability of these systems to chelate arsenite was presented through equilibrium adsorption isotherms. All fibrous systems were characterized through a variety of techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis, analytical analysis, and thermal analysis of the copolymer.

  8. REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS FROM DYE EFFLUENT USING ACTIVATED CARBON PRODUCED FROM COCONUT SHELL

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    Onyeji, L. I.; Aboje, A. A.

    2011-01-01

    The ability of activated carbon produced from coconut shell to remoe mercury Hg (II), Lead Pb (II) and Copper Cu (II) from dye effluent was investigated. The activated carbon was produced through chemical activation processes by using zinc chloride (ZnCl2). The adsorption capacity was determined as a function of adsorbent dosage. The adsorption Isotherms of the studied metals on adsorbent were also determined and compared with the Langmair models. The activated carbon produced showed excellen...

  9. The application of polymer inclusive membranes for removal of heavy metal ions from waste solutions

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    B. Gajda; M.B. Bogacki

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the conducted studies was to determine the possibility of selective separation and precipitation of metal ions from polimetalic solution containing nickel(II), cobalt(II), cadmium(II) and zinc(II) cations using polymer inclusive membranes. 1-decylimidazole was used in membrane as a carrier of ions. The influence of chloride anions concentration on the process has also been investigated.Design/methodology/approach: Polymer inclusive membranes (PIM) containing cellulose acet...

  10. Estimation and removal of selected heavy metal ions from tanneries liquid waste and sediments

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    Concentration of potentially toxic and general metals Cu, Co, Cr, Cd, Mn, Zn, Ni and Pb in sediments and liquid waste samples of selected tanneries ware measured by atomic absorption spectrophotometer, after digestion with nitric acid. The corresponding analytical data revealed elevated concentrations of above mentioned metals compared to the permissible levels including chromium which steels into the sediments. Selective separation of chromium in sediment from other metal ions has been investigated using activated charcoal and employing batch technique. The effects of adsorbent concentration, pH, shaking time and percentage reduction in chromium concentration (93 - 99 %) with temperature have been studied. The adsorption equilibrium data were fitted in Freundlich, Dubinin, Redushkevich and Virial isotherms equations at temperatures 303K to 318K. Thermodynamic parameters delta H-zero degree, delta S- zero degree and delta G zero degree were calculated using Virial isotherm expression. The values of free energy of adsorption delta G decrease with increase in temperature and show endothermic nature of adsorption of Chromium on activated charcoal. (authors)

  11. Arsenic removal via electrocoagulation from heavy metal contaminated groundwater in La Comarca Lagunera Mexico

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    Arsenic contamination is an enormous worldwide problem. A large number of people dwelling in Comarca Lagunera, situated in the central part of northern Mexico, use well water with arsenic in excess of the water standard regulated by the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT), to be suitable for human health. Individuals with lifetime exposure to arsenic develop the classic symptoms of arsenic poisoning. Among several options available for removal of arsenic from well water, electrocoagulation (EC) is a very promising electrochemical treatment technique that does not require the addition of chemicals or regeneration. First, this study will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts of the EC method. In this study, powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission Moessbauer spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the solid products formed at iron electrodes during the EC process. The results suggest that magnetite particles and amorphous iron oxyhydroxides present in the EC products remove arsenic(III) and arsenic(V) with an efficiency of more than 99% from groundwater in a field pilot scale study

  12. Arsenic removal via electrocoagulation from heavy metal contaminated groundwater in La Comarca Lagunera Mexico

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    Parga, Jose R. [Institute Technology of Saltillo, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, V. Carranza 2400, C.P. 25280, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico (Mexico)]. E-mail: drjrparga@hotmail.com; Cocke, David L. [Lamar University, Gill Chair of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Beaumont, TX 77710 (United States); Valenzuela, Jesus L. [University of Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico (Mexico); Gomes, Jewel A. [Lamar University, Gill Chair of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Beaumont, TX 77710 (United States); Kesmez, Mehmet [Lamar University, Gill Chair of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Beaumont, TX 77710 (United States); Irwin, George [Lamar University, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Beaumont, TX 77710 (United States); Moreno, Hector [Lamar University, Gill Chair of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Beaumont, TX 77710 (United States); Weir, Michael [Lamar University, Gill Chair of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Beaumont, TX 77710 (United States)

    2005-09-30

    Arsenic contamination is an enormous worldwide problem. A large number of people dwelling in Comarca Lagunera, situated in the central part of northern Mexico, use well water with arsenic in excess of the water standard regulated by the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT), to be suitable for human health. Individuals with lifetime exposure to arsenic develop the classic symptoms of arsenic poisoning. Among several options available for removal of arsenic from well water, electrocoagulation (EC) is a very promising electrochemical treatment technique that does not require the addition of chemicals or regeneration. First, this study will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts of the EC method. In this study, powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission Moessbauer spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the solid products formed at iron electrodes during the EC process. The results suggest that magnetite particles and amorphous iron oxyhydroxides present in the EC products remove arsenic(III) and arsenic(V) with an efficiency of more than 99% from groundwater in a field pilot scale study.

  13. Removal of heteroatoms and metals from heavy oils by bioconversion processes. CRADA final report

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    Kaufman, E N; Borole, A P

    1999-03-01

    The objective of this Cooperative research and Development Agreement project between Oak Ridge National Laboratory ( O W ) and Baker Performance Chemicals (BPC), Chevron, Energy BioSystems, Exxon, UNOCAL and Texaco is to investigate the biological desukrization of crude oil. Biological removal of organic s&%r fiom crude oil offers an attractive alternative to conventional thermochemical treatment due to the mild operating conditions afforded by the biocatalyst. In order for biodesulfbrization to realize commercial success, reactors must be designed which allow for sufficient liquid / liquid and gas / liquid mass transfer while simultaneously reducing operating costs. To this end we have been developing advanced bioreactors for biodesufirization and have been studying their performance using both actual crude oil as well as more easily characterized model systems.

  14. Isolation of purple nonsulfur bacteria for the removal of heavy metals and sodium from contaminated shrimp ponds

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    Saijai, Panwichian; Duangporn, Kantachote; Banjong, Wittayaweerasak; Megharaj, Mallavarapu.

    2010-07-15

    Full Text Available In order to determine whether waters used for the shrimp cultivation contained toxic levels of heavy metals (HMs) and sodium (Na), analysis was carried out on 31 shrimp ponds in areas of southern Thailand. Purple nonsulfur bacteria (PNB) were also isolated from the same ponds to investigate if they [...] could be used for bioremediation of the above contaminants. The highest HMs concentrations of the sediment samples in mg/kg dry weight were found as follows: 0.75 cadmium (Cd), 62.63 lead (Pb), 34.60 copper (Cu) and 58.50 zinc (Zn). However, all sediment samples met Hong Kong standards for dredged sediment. In contrast, contamination of Cu (9-30 µg/L) and Zn (140-530 µg/L) exceeding the standard guidelines for marine aquatic animal set by the Pollution Control Department, Thailand, were found in 32 and 61% of water samples, respectively. Two metal resistant PNB isolates, NW16 and KMS24, were selected from the 120 PNB isolates obtained. Both isolates reduced the levels of HMs by up to 39% for Pb, 20% for Cu, 7% for Cd, 5% for Zn and 31% for Na from water that contained the highest levels of HMs found and 3% NaCl when cultured with either microaerobic-light or aerobic-dark conditions. The isolate NW16 removed a greater percentage of the HMs than the isolate KMS24, but the isolate KMS24 was able to survive better under a greater variety of environmental conditions. Both strains were therefore suitable to use for further investigating their abilities to remediate water contaminated with HMs and Na.

  15. Removal of Heavy Metals Pb2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, Ni2+, Co2+ and Fe3+ from Aqueous Solutions by using Xanthium Pensylvanicum

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    Jaber SALEHZADEH

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The hazardous ill effects of heavy metals on the environment and public health is a matter of serious concern. Biosorption is emerging as a sustainable effective technology. Heavy metals in water resources are one of the most important environmental problems of countries. The intensification of industrial activity and environmental stress greatly contributes to the significant rise of heavy metal pollution in water resources making threats on terrestrial and aquatic life. The toxicity of metal pollution is slow and interminable, as these metal ions are non bio-degradable. The adsorption capacity of Xanthium Pensylvanicum towards metal ions such as Pb2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, Ni2+, Co2+ and Fe3+, was studied. The adsorption capacity was performed by batch experiments as a function of process parameters (such as sorption time and pH. Experimental results showed that the removal percentages increasing of metal ions at pH=4, initial concentration of metal ions 10 mg/L, and after 90 min of shaking was: Zn2+ < Cd2+ < Cu2+ < Pb2+ < Ni2+ < Fe3+ < Co2+.

  16. Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Polymers as Adsorbents for Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Solutions: A Review

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    Babak Samiey

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the past decades, organic-inorganic hybrid polymers have been applied in different fields, including the adsorption of pollutants from wastewater and solid-state separations. In this review, firstly, these compounds are classified. These compounds are prepared by sol-gel method, self-assembly process (mesopores, assembling of nanobuilding blocks (e.g., layered or core-shell compounds and as interpenetrating networks and hierarchically structures. Lastly, the adsorption characteristics of heavy metals of these materials, including different kinds of functional groups, selectivity of them for heavy metals, effect of pH and synthesis conditions on adsorption capacity, are studied.

  17. Removal of heavy metals from water by zeolite mineral chemically modified. Mercury as a particular case

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    Research works on the removal of mercury from water by zeolite minerals show that a small quantity of this element is sorbed. In this work the mercury sorption from aqueous solutions in the presence and absence of Cu(l l), Ni(l l) and/or Zn(l l) by a Mexican zeolite mineral, natural and modified by cisteaminium chloride or cistaminium dichloride, was investigated in acidic p H. The zeolite minerals were characterized by X- Ray diffraction Ftir, scanning electron microscopy and semiquantitative elemental analysis (EDS), surface area analysis (BET) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Mercury from aqueous solutions was quantified by Atomic absorption spectroscopy. The amount of sulphur on the zeolite samples treated with Na CI and modified with cisteaminium chloride (0.375 mmol/g) or cistaminium dichloride(0.475 mmol/g) was found to be higher than that of the zeolite minerals modified with cisteaminium chloride and cistaminium dichloride without treating them with Na CI. The amount of sulphur on the zeolite minerals modified with thiourea was the lowest. The diffusion coefficients and sorption isotherms for mercury were determined in the natural, treated with Na CI and, treated with Na CI and then modified with the cisteaminium chloride or cistaminium dichloride zeolite samples. The retention of mercury was the highest for the zeolite minerals treated Na CI and then modified with cisteaminium chloride or cistaminium dichloride, with adsorption capacity of 0.0511 and 0.0525 mmol Hg/g, respectively. In this research work, it was found that the retention of mercury by the modified minerals was not affected by the presence of Cu (Il), Zn(l l) y Ni (I l) under the experimental conditions. (Author)

  18. Determination of Heavy Metal Removal Efficiency of Chrysopogon zizanioides (Vetiver) using Textile Wastewater Contaminated Soil

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    P Lakshmanaperumalsamy; J. Rathinamala; Jayashree, S.

    2011-01-01

    A pot culture study was conducted using textile wastewater contaminated soil which was amended with Vermicompost (VC) in various proportions for a period of two months. The plant used for the study was Chrysopogon zizanioides (Vetiver) to investigate the accumulation of heavy metals in their roots. Physico-chemical parameters like pH, EC, TKN, P, K, TOC and metals like Pb, Cd and Cu and microbial population of the textile wastewater contaminated soil were analyzed initially (0 day) and finall...

  19. OPTIMIZATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE INDUSTRIES WASTEWATER TREATMENT METHODS WITH THE AIM OF HEAVY METALS REMOVAL AND WATER REUSE IN PILOT SCALE

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    S. A. Mirbagheri, M. Salehi M

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    The waste of motor vehicle industries is mainly the result of washing, coloring and various stages of chassis manufacturing, which include oil, grease, dyestuff, chromium, phosphate and other pollutants. In the present research, extended aeration activated sludge biological treatment plant is being considered and evaluated, for the removal of heavy metals and pollution load from industrial wastes and sanitary wastewaters, and on the pilot scale for optimization of waste treatment method for m...

  20. Effects of particulates, heavy metals and acid gas on the removals of NO and PAHs by V2O5-WO3 catalysts in waste incineration system

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    This study investigated the activities of prepared and commercial V2O5-WO3 catalysts for simultaneous removals of NO and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and the influences of particulates, heavy metals, SO2, and HCl on the performances of catalysts. The experiments were carried out in a laboratory-scale waste incineration system equipped with a catalyst reactor. The DREs of PAHs by prepared and commercial V2O5-WO3 catalysts were 64% and 72%, respectively. Increasing the particulate concentrations in flue gas suppressed the DRE of PAHs, but increasing the carbon content on surface of catalysts promotes the NO conversions. The DRE of PAHs by the catalysts was significantly decreased by the increased concentrations of heavy metal Cd, but was promoted by high concentration of Pb. The influence level of SO2 was higher than HCl on the performances of V2O5-WO3 catalysts for PAHs removal, but was lower than HCl for NO removal. Prepared and commercial V2O5-WO3 catalysts have similar trends on the effects of particulates, heavy metals, SO2, and HCl. The results of ESCA analysis reveal that the presences of these pollutants on the surface of catalysts did not change the chemical state of V and W.

  1. A novel reusable nanocomposite for complete removal of dyes, heavy metals and microbial load from water based on nanocellulose and silver nano-embedded pebbles.

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    Suman; Kardam, Abhishek; Gera, Meeta; Jain, V K

    2015-01-01

    The present work proposed a nanocellulose (NC)-silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) embedded pebbles-based composite material as a novel reusable cost-effective water purification device for complete removal of dyes, heavy metals and microbes. NC was prepared using acid hydrolysis of cellulose. The AgNPs were generated in situ using glucose and embedded within the porous concrete pebbles by the technique of inter-diffusion of ion, providing a very strong binding of nanoparticles within the porous pebbles and thus preventing any nanomaterials leaching. Fabrication of a continual running water purifier was achieved by making different layering of NC and Ag nano-embedded pebbles in a glass column. The water purifier exhibited not only excellent dye and heavy metal adsorption capacity, but also long-term antibacterial activity against pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacterial strains. The adsorption mainly occurred through electrostatic interaction and pore diffusion also contributed to the process. The bed column purifier has shown 99.48% Pb(II) and 98.30% Cr(III) removal efficiency along with 99% decontamination of microbial load at an optimum working pH of 6.0. The high adsorption capacity and reusability, with complete removal of dyes, heavy metals and Escherichia coli from the simulated contaminated water of composite material, will provide new opportunities to develop a cost-effective and eco-friendly water purifier for commercial application. PMID:25243917

  2. Biosorption of Heavy Metals by Biomass

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    Wetland plants are successfully used in the biosorption of heavy metals in natural and constructed wetlands. In this study, the removal of heavy metals by water hyacinth [ Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.)Solms)] were investigated. The plants were grown under control in the Turkish climate. The biosorption was dependent on factors such as metal concentration, constant temperature, pH and relative moisture. The plants were exposed to different metal concentrations of Chromium(III), Chromi...

  3. In vitro removal of toxic heavy metals by poly(γ-glutamic acid)-coated superparamagnetic nanoparticles

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    Inbaraj BS; Chen BH

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    Baskaran Stephen Inbaraj,1 Bing-Huei Chen1,21Department of Food Science, 2Graduate Institute of Medicine, Fu Jen University, Taipei, TaiwanBackground: Chelation therapy involving organic chelators for treatment of heavy metal intoxication can cause cardiac arrest, kidney overload, mineral deficiency, and anemia.Methods: In this study, superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) modified with an edible biopolymer poly(?-glutamic acid) (PGA) were synthesized by coprecipitation...

  4. Electrodialytic treatment of municipal wastewater and sludge for the removal of heavy metals and recovery of phosphorus

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    Ebbers, Benjamin; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Jensen, Pernille Erland

    2015-01-01

    Municipal wastewater and sewage sludge is an abundant source of phosphorus (P), but its usage is often limited due to wastewater treatment methods and contaminants, mostly heavy metals (HM's). Three compartment (3C) electrodialysis (ED) was used to simultaneously extract HM's (Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn) and recover P from municipal sludge samples obtained at different stages during wastewater treatment involving biological and chemical treatment as well as polymer addition for thickening of slud...

  5. Study of parameters that influence the process of biosorption in the removal of heavy metals; Estudo de parametros que influenciam o processo de biossorcao na remocao de metais pesados

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    Moreira, Albina S.; Duarte, Marcia M.L.; Nandenha, Julio; Macedo, Gorete R. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    The removal of heavy metal by microbial biomass have been investigated as an alternative to the traditional methods. The removal of the heavy metals copper and iron from discarded lubricating-oil was studied using the biosorbent Sargassum sp. It was chosen a discarded lubricating-oil of a bus fleet from the city of Natal-RN-Brazil. The oil was characterized to determine and quantify the heavy metals present. The effect of biomass protonation was performed in order to increase the removal efficiency of the metals. The equilibrium time between the oil and the biomass was determined. It was found that after 10 hours the equilibrium was reached. It was also studied the influence of biomass quantity. The results showed that the biomass quantity is an important parameter to the efficiency and biosorption capacity. The protonated biomass was shown more efficient to removal of Fe and Cu, removing 37,53% and 31,63% respectively. (author)

  6. Heavy metals removal from acid mine drainage water using biogenic hydrogen sulphide and effluent from anaerobic treatment: Effect of pH

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    Four alternatives (runs A, B, C and D) for heavy metals removal (Fe, Cu, Zn and Al) from acid mine drainage water (AMDW) produced in the mining areas of the Huelva Province, Spain, were evaluated. In run A, the anaerobic effluent from the treatment of acid mine drainage water (cheese whey added as a source of carbon) was mixed with the raw AMDW. The pH increased to 3.5 with the addition of KOH. In run B, biogas with around 30% of hydrogen sulphide obtained in the anaerobic reactor was sparged to the mixture obtained in run A, but in this case at a pH of 5.5. In run C, the pH of the raw AMDW was increased to 3.5 by the addition of KOH solution. Finally, in run D, the pH of the raw AMDW was increased to 5.5 by the addition of KOH solution and further biogas was sparged under the same conditions as in run A. It was found that heavy metal removal was a function of pH. At a pH of 3.5 most of the iron was removed while Zn and Cu were partially removed. At a pH of 5.5 the removal of all metals increased considerably. The best results were obtained in run B where the percentages of removal of Fe, Cu, Zn and Al achieved values of 91.3, 96.1, 79.0 and 99.0%, respectively. According to the experimental results obtained tentative schemas of the flow diagram of the processes were proposed.

  7. Heavy metals removal from acid mine drainage water using biogenic hydrogen sulphide and effluent from anaerobic treatment: Effect of pH

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    Jimenez-Rodriguez, A.M. [Departamento de Sistemas Fisicos, Quimicos y Naturales, Facultad de Ciencias Ambientales, Universidad Pablo de Olavide. Carretera de Utrera, km 1. 41013 Sevilla (Spain); Duran-Barrantes, M.M. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Facultad de Quimica, Universidad de Sevilla, C/Profesor Garcia Gonzalez, s/n, 41071 Sevilla (Spain); Borja, R., E-mail: rborja@cica.es [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Instituto de la Grasa, Avda. Padre Garcia Tejero 4, 41012 Sevilla (Spain); Sanchez, E.; Colmenarejo, M.F. [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Centro de Ciencias Medioambientales, C/Serrano, 115-duplicado, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Raposo, F. [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Instituto de la Grasa, Avda. Padre Garcia Tejero 4, 41012 Sevilla (Spain)

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    Four alternatives (runs A, B, C and D) for heavy metals removal (Fe, Cu, Zn and Al) from acid mine drainage water (AMDW) produced in the mining areas of the Huelva Province, Spain, were evaluated. In run A, the anaerobic effluent from the treatment of acid mine drainage water (cheese whey added as a source of carbon) was mixed with the raw AMDW. The pH increased to 3.5 with the addition of KOH. In run B, biogas with around 30% of hydrogen sulphide obtained in the anaerobic reactor was sparged to the mixture obtained in run A, but in this case at a pH of 5.5. In run C, the pH of the raw AMDW was increased to 3.5 by the addition of KOH solution. Finally, in run D, the pH of the raw AMDW was increased to 5.5 by the addition of KOH solution and further biogas was sparged under the same conditions as in run A. It was found that heavy metal removal was a function of pH. At a pH of 3.5 most of the iron was removed while Zn and Cu were partially removed. At a pH of 5.5 the removal of all metals increased considerably. The best results were obtained in run B where the percentages of removal of Fe, Cu, Zn and Al achieved values of 91.3, 96.1, 79.0 and 99.0%, respectively. According to the experimental results obtained tentative schemas of the flow diagram of the processes were proposed.

  8. Recycling of agricultural solid waste, coir pith: Removal of anions, heavy metals, organics and dyes from water by adsorption onto ZnCl2 activated coir pith carbon

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    The abundant lignocellulosic agricultural waste, coir pith is used to develop ZnCl2 activated carbon and applied to the removal of toxic anions, heavy metals, organic compounds and dyes from water. Sorption of inorganic anions such as nitrate, thiocyanate, selenite, chromium(VI), vanadium(V), sulfate, molybdate, phosphate and heavy metals such as nickel(II) and mercury(II) has been studied. Removal of organics such as resorcinol, 4-nitrophenol, catechol, bisphenol A, 2-aminophenol, quinol, O-cresol, phenol and 2-chlorophenol has also been investigated. Uptake of acidic dyes such as acid brilliant blue, acid violet, basic dyes such as methylene blue, rhodamine B, direct dyes such as direct red 12B, congo red and reactive dyes such as procion red, procion orange were also examined to assess the possible use of the adsorbent for the treatment of contaminated ground water. Favorable conditions for maximum removal of all adsorbates at the adsorbate concentration of 20 mg/L were used. Results show that ZnCl2 activated coir pith carbon is effective for the removal of toxic pollutants from water

  9. Capacidade da Lemna aequinoctialis para acumular metais pesados de água contaminada / Ability of Lemna aequinoctialis for removing heavy metals from wastewater

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    Mauro Célio da Silveira, Pio; Katiuscia dos Santos de, Souza; Genilson Pereira, Santana.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available A capacidade das plantas em tolerar e absorver quantidades elevadas de metais pesados é usada como uma tecnologia promissora para limpeza de resíduos perigosos em ambientes altamente contaminados. O desempenho da macrófita L. aequinoctialis em absorver metais pesados foi estudado durante sua floraçã [...] o em dois períodos de amostragem diferentes. As amostras de L. aequinoctialis e água foram coletadas por 800 horas em intervalos de 48 horas. A quantidade de Ni, Cu, Co, Cr, Mn, Zn e Fe presente na L. aequinoctialis e água foram determinados por espectrometria de absorção atômica com chama (FAAS). Os resultados foram avaliados pelas técnicas de estatística de componentes principais (PCA), análise de agrupamento hierárquico (HCA) e boxplot. Os resultados mostram que a rizofiltração da L. aequinoctialis remove altas quantidades de metais pesados na seguinte ordem Cr > Ni > Cu > Fe > Zn > Mn. No entanto, observou-se que mudanças significativas na composição química, pH e condutividade elétrica da água alteram a capacidade de absorção da L. aequinoctialis. Abstract in english Plant ability for tolerating and accumulating high amount of heavy metal is used as a promissory technology for removing contaminants from highly polluted environments. The ability of the macrophyte L. aequinoctialis to remove heavy metal was studied in two different sampling times during its flower [...] ing. Samples of plant tissue L. aequinoctialis and water were collected for 800 hours at 48 hour intervals. Concentrations of Ni, Cu, Co, Cr, Mn, Zn, and Fe present in L. aequinoctialis and water were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). Data were subjected to the techniques of principal components analysis (PCA), hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) and boxplot. We found that rhizofiltration of L. aequinoctialis removes high amount of heavy metal in this order: Cr >Ni>Cu> Fe > Zn >Mn. Only significant changes in chemical composition of the water, pH and electrical conductivity alter the absorption capacity of L. aequinoctialis.

  10. Use of low cost dead biomasses in the removal of heavy metal toxic/radiotoxic ions from aqueous wastes- a radiotracer study

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    In an environmental context, accelerating pollution by toxic metal ions, metalloids, radionuclides and organometal (loid)s has provided the impetus for the research to look into the biotechnological potential of utilizing several low cost dead biomasses/agricultural byproducts to replace existing expensive technologies. Unlike organic pollutants which are biodegradable, these metallic contaminants tend to persist rather indefinitely in the environment, and are eventually accumulated through the food chain thus posing a serious threat to plants, animal and man. The use of radiotracer technique by several workers and ourselves in the study of adsorption uptake or ions (cations and anions) from aqueous solutions by metals/metals oxide surfaces at micro down to tracer level concentrations had been quite rewarding. In continuation of this work the present studies were directed to assess the uptake behaviour of abundantly available low cost dead biomasses [e.g. Rice hulls (oryza sativa L),] Mango (mangifera indica) and Neem (azadirachta indica)barks] towards some heavy metal (Hg2+, Cd2+, Cr2+, Zn2+ and Ce3+) toxic and radiotoxic (Sr2+ and Csl+)ions from aqueous solutions at low ionic concentrations (10-2-10-8 mol dm-3). In all these studies the adsorptive solution was labeled by a suitable radiotracer of the metal ion and the uptake of ions by the three biosorbents was assessed through monitoring of the decrease in radioactivity of the bulk. A parametric study through change of temperature, pH and addition of other co-ions/complexing agents has helped in deducing the thermodynamic parameters and mechanism of the uptake of the ions. The extent of removal of metal ions by these dead biomasses is quite high in most cases and the nature of the uptake appears to be exchange type. These findings show that the agricultural byproducts (dead biomasses) can be utilized in the development of waste water treatment technology for removal of heavy metal toxic and radiotoxic ions. (author)

  11. Electrodialytic remediation of heavy metal polluted soil

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    Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Jensen, Pernille Erland; Kirkelund, Gunvor Marie; Dias-Ferreira, Celia; Hansen, Henrik K.

    2012-01-01

    Electrodialytic soil remediation is a method for removal of heavy metals. Good results have previously been obtained with both treatment of a stationary, water saturated soil matrix and with remediation of a stirred suspension of soil in water. The two different setups have different uses. The first as in-situ or on-site treatment when there is no requirement for fast remediation, as the removal rate of the heavy metals are dependent on the distance between the electrodes (everything else equal)...

  12. Removal and recovery of heavy metals from aqueous solution using Ulmus carpinifolia and Fraxinus excelsior tree leaves.

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    Sangi, Mohammad Reza; Shahmoradi, Ali; Zolgharnein, Javad; Azimi, Gholam Hassan; Ghorbandoost, Morteza

    2008-07-15

    Ulmus carpinifolia and Fraxinus excelsior tree leaves, which are in great supply in Iran, were evaluated for removal of Pb(II), Cd(II) and Cu(II) from aqueous solution. Maximum biosorption capacities for U. carpinifolia and F. excelsior were measured as 201.1, 172.0 mg/g for Pb(II), 80.0, 67.2 mg/g for Cd(II) and 69.5, 33.1 mg/g for Cu(II), respectively. For both sorbents the most effective pH range was found to be 2-5 for Pb(II), 3-5 for Cd(II) and 4-5 for Cu(II). Metal ion biosorption increased as the ratio of metal solution to the biomass quantity decreased. Conversely, biosorption/g biosorbent decreased as the quantity of biomass increased. The biosorption of metal ions increased as the initial metal concentration increased. Biosorption capacities of metal ions were in the following order: Pb(II)>Cd(II)>Cu(II). The equilibrium data for Pb(II) and Cu(II) best fit the Langmuir adsorption isotherm model. Kinetic studies showed that the biosorption rates could be described by a second-order expression. Both the sorbents could be regenerated using 0.2 M HCl during repeated biosorption-desorption cycles with no loss in the efficiency of the Cu(II) removal observed. Biosorption of Pb(II), Cd(II) and Cu(II) was investigated in the presence of Na, K, Mg and Ca ions. The results from these studies show a novel way of using U. carpinifolia and F. excelsior tree leaves to remove Pb(II), Cd(II) and Cu(II) from metal-polluted waters. PMID:18191021

  13. Polyacrylamido-2-methyl-1-propane sulfonic acid-grafted-natural rubber as bio-adsorbent for heavy metal removal from aqueous standard solution and industrial wastewater.

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    Phetphaisit, Chor Wayakron; Yuanyang, Siriwan; Chaiyasith, Wipharat Chuachuad

    2016-01-15

    Bio-adsorbent modified natural rubber (modified NR) was prepared, by placing the sulfonic acid functional group on the isoprene chain. This modification was carried out with the aim to prepare material capable to remove heavy metals from aqueous solution. The structures of modified NR materials were characterized by FT-IR and NMR spectroscopies. Thermal gravimetric analysis of modified NR showed that the initial degradation temperature of rubber decreases with increasing amount of polyacrylamido-2-methyl-1-propane sulfonic acid (PAMPS) in the structure. In addition, water uptake of the rubber based materials was studied as a function of time and content of PAMPS. The influence of the amount of PAMPS grafted onto NR, time, pH, concentration of metal ions, temperature, and regeneration were studied in terms of their influence on the adsorption of heavy metals (Pb(2+), Cd(2+) and Cu(2+)). The adsorption isotherms of Pb(2+) and Cd(2+) were fitted to the Freundlich isotherm model, while Cu(2+) was fitted to the Langmuir isotherm. However, the results from these two isotherms resulted in a similar behavior. The adsorption capacity of the modified NR for the various heavy metals was in the following order: Pb(2+)?Cd(2+)>Cu(2+). The maximum adsorption capacities of Pb(2+), Cd(2+), and Cu(2+) were 272.7, 267.2, and 89.7mg/g of modified rubber, respectively. Moreover, the modified natural rubber was used for the removal of metal ions in real samples of industrial effluents where the efficiency and regeneration were also investigated. PMID:26348149

  14. Aluminosilicate-based adsorbent in equimolar and non-equimolar binary-component heavy metal removal systems.

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    Xu, Meng; Hadi, Pejman; Ning, Chao; Barford, John; An, Kyoung Jin; McKay, Gordon

    2015-01-01

    Cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) are toxic heavy metals commonly used in various industries. The simultaneous presence of these metals in wastewater amplifies the toxicity of wastewater and the complexity of the treatment process. This study has investigated the selective behavior of an aluminosilicate-based mesoporous adsorbent. It has been demonstrated that when equimolar quantities of the metals are present in wastewater, the adsorbent uptakes the Pb(2+) ions selectively. This has been attributed to the higher electronegativity value of Pb(2+) compared to Cd(2+) which can be more readily adsorbed on the adsorbent surface, displacing the Cd(2+) ions. The selectivity can be advantageous when the objective is the separation and reuse of the metals besides wastewater treatment. In non-equimolar solutions, a complete selectivity can be observed up to a threshold Pb(2+) molar ratio of 30%. Below this threshold value, the Cd(2+) and Pb(2+) ions are uptaken simultaneously due to the abundance of Cd(2+) ions and the availability of adsorption sites at very low Pb(2+) molar ratios. Moreover, the total adsorption capacities of the adsorbent for the multi-component system have been shown to be in the same range as the single-component system for each metal ion which can be of high value for industrial applications. PMID:26676004

  15. Self-assembled 3D flower-like ?-Fe2O3 microstructures and their superior capability for heavy metal ion removal

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    Hierarchically 3D flower-like ?-Fe2O3 microstructures have been synthesized through a urea-assisted hydrothermal synthetic route. The product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The as-prepared product was consisted of hierarchically flow-like microstructures assembled from nanopetal subunits. The effects of the urea and NaOH on the morphology of the products were systematically studied, and a possible formation mechanism of the ?-Fe2O3 microflowers was proposed based on the experimental results. These flower-like ?-Fe2O3 microstructures were used as adsorbent for water treatment, and the results revealed excellent performance for heavy metal ion removal. With maximum capacities of 41.46 and 33.82 mg g?1 for As(V) and Cr(VI), respectively, such flower-like ?-Fe2O3 microstructures are expected to be an attractive adsorbent for the removal of heavy metal ions from water. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • 3D flower-like hematite microstructures were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. • The formation mechanism of flower-like microstructures was proposed. • Effective removal of As(V) and Cr(VI) from aqueous solution

  16. Cost effective and shape controlled approach to synthesize hierarchically assembled NiO nanoflakes for the removal of toxic heavy metal ions in aqueous solution

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    K Yogesh Kumar; H B Muralidhara; Y Arthoba Nayaka; H Hanumanthappa; M S Veena; S R Kiran Kumar

    2015-02-01

    Hierarchical mesoporous NiO nanoflakes (NiOs) have been synthesized in high yield via a simple, economical and environmentally friendly hydrothermal route. The as-prepared NiOs were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electronicmicroscopy (SEM), transmission electronmicroscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction patterns (SAED), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and nitrogen adsorption–desorption techniques (Brunauer–Emmett–Teller, BET). Adsorption of heavy metal ions onto the as-prepared sample from aqueous solutions was investigated using differential pulse anodic stripping voltametry (DPASV) technique and discussed. The product possesses a BET surface area of 69.27 m2 g-1. It is found that NiOs exhibited the excellent performance for the removal of Hg(II), Pb(II) and Cd(II) from aqueous solution. The equilibrium adsorption data of Hg(II), Pb(II) and Cd(II) on the as-prepared NiOs were analyzed by Langmuir and Freundlich models, suggesting that the Langmuir model provides the better correlation of the experimental data. The adsorption capacities for removal of Hg(II), Pb(II) and Cd(II) were determined using the Langmuir equation and found to be 1324.5, 1428.9 and 1428.5 mg g-1, respectively. Adsorption kinetics of all the metal ions followed pseudo second-order model. Moreover, NiOs can be recycled by simple acid treatment, which could retain the high removal efficiency in three successive cycles. This study suggests that nanoflakes could be explored as a new adsorbent with high efficiency and recyclability for removing heavy metal ions from aqueous solution.

  17. Heavy metal removal from wastewater using phragmites australis-voltammetric study of the interaction between heavy metals and the chemical constituents of phragmites australis

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    This is the first study of the complexation between metal ions and compounds isolated from a plant used in constructed wetlands. The relation between the chemical constituents of phragmites australis and the ability of the plant to uptake metal ions from wastewater has been investigated. Eighteen compounds were separated and identified from the butanolic extract of Phragmites australis. Seven of which are flavonoid glycosides. The main flavone glycoside isolated was tricin-7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside. Complexes of Pb(II), Cd(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) with the butanolic extract, tricin-7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside and tricin were studied by different pulse polarography, under the optimum conditions of complex formation of each metal. It was found that Pb(II) and Cd(II) from 1:2 complex with each of the three ligands only in basic media. The conditional formation constants and the coordination numbers of the complexes formed between Pb(II) and the butanolic extract, tricin-7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside and tricin were of comparable values indicating that the compounds in the butanolic extract that formed complexes with lead are most likely flavonoids. The same was observed in the case of Cd(II) ion. Nickel(II) ion formed a 1:2 complex with the crude butanolic extract and 1:1 complex with tricin-7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside in basic media. Overlapping signals prevented the detection of complexes with higher coordination numbers. Complex formation between Ni(II) and tricin was indicated by the shifts in the peak potential of Ni(II) induced by ligand addition, but the presence of overlapping peaks prevented further studies. For Zinc(II) ion, complexation with the three ligands in basic media was indicated by the shifts in the peak potential of Zn(II). The presence of overlapping peaks prevented the determination of the formation constant and the coordination number. Nevertheless, the formation constant of a 1:2 complex between Zn(II) and butanolic extract was determined in acidic medium, pH=5.4. No complexation with tricin-7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside or with tricin was detected under acidic conditions, confirming the need of a basic medium, and hence deprotonated phenolic groups of the flavonids in order to chelate metals. A preliminary study of adsorption of the metal ions on the dry ground plant material was found to be a favorable process, which obeys Langmuir isotherm of monolayer adsorption. This phenomenon needs further investigation. (author)

  18. Fluoride free new nano-particles-Mn-Biotite synthesis for removal of some toxic heavy metals, Th(IV) and U(VI) from aqueous solutions

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    The present paper aims to synthesize new family of fluoride free Mn- Biotite type having the optimized formula NaMn/sub 2.5/(Al,Si)/sub 4/O/sub 10/(OH)/sub 2/. The free fluoride Mn- Biotite was prepared carefully by using solid- state reaction technique using nominal compositions of individual oxides in the main formula for the potential removal of some heavy metals and some radioactive elements from aqueous solution. The crystal structure of Mn-Biotite was well characterized via powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The particle size was estimated and found to be 54 nm. Analysis of XRD profile indicated that Mn- Biotite is belonging mainly to the monoclinic crystal structure. Infrared spectroscopy (IR) showed the most intensive absorption peaks for monoclinic phase observed at 3420, 2360, 1620, 1440cm/sup -1/. Furthermore the morphological microstructure was investigated by SE-microscopy (SEM), the estimated grain size was found to be in between (0.8-7.7) micro m. Electron spin resonance (ESR) proved that Mn-biotite has paramagnetic behavior. Also DC- electrical conductivity and TGA were investigated. In conclusion results suggest that the synthesized Mn- biotite can be used as good ion exchanger with high performance to remove heavy metals and some radioactive species from wastewater. (author)

  19. Inorganic particulates in removal of toxic heavy metal ions. Pt. 8 Removal of zinc, cadmium and mercury ions from aqueous solution by hydrous titanium oxide

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    Adsorption behavior of zinc, cadmium and mercury ions on hydrous titanium oxide in aqueous solution has been studied as a function of concentration of the metal ion (10-2 - 10-7 M), temperature (303-333 K) and pH 3-10 by applying radiotracer technique. The kinetics of adsorption follows the first order rate law and agrees well with the classical Freundlich isotherm. The removal was found to increase with increasing pH but was suppressed in the presence of EDTA. The overall process is endothermic and irreversible in nature. (author)

  20. Application of Gamma Radiation to Enhance Heavy Metals Removal Efficiency to Bacteria Isolated from Ronpiboon District, Nakhon Sri Thamarat Province, Thailand

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    The objective of this study was to isolate soil bacteria capable to te move 4 heavy metals, namely, arsenic (As(III)), lead Pb(II) and cadmium f ron old tin mine in Ronpiboon district, Nakhon Sri Thamarat. It was found that there were bacteria which capable to resist arsenic, lead and copper 11, 15, 8 and 2 ileitis, respectively[evacuate;y. The arsenic removal efficiency of these bacteria was evaluated at the low concentration of 1 u g/l. with the results of 7-61%. The lead and copper removal efficiencies at 10 mg/l were found at the range pf 9-98% and 8-40%, respectively. Six isolates of bacteria (KRD, KRH, KRM, KCD13 and KCD14) were selected to be irradiated by gamma radiation at the levels of 2-10 kGy. The heavy metals resistance was found increase in the range of of 125-16% for arsenic, 0-50% for copper, 0-18% for lead and 0-17% for cadmium, respectively. Also ut was found that the low temperature at 4 and -40 degree Celsius can prolong the bacterial survival up to 6 months. Later the arsenic removal experiment in liquid medium was conducted and it was found that the mutants can perform slightly better than wild type only >17%. It was due to the initial concentration of arsenic was too high (10 mg/l). The preliminary study of arsenic removal in soil was also conducted using pack-bed reactor. We found the proper ratio of pack material (soil and gravel) was 1:1 to promote the liquid and air circulation. The suitable medium was found to be acidified mo lass solution which were found promote the growth of tested bacterial isolates.

  1. Synthesis of LTA zeolite on corundum supports: Preliminary assessment for heavy metal removal from waste water; Sintesis de zeolita LTA sobre soportes de corindon: Evaluacion preliminar para la eliminacion de metales pesados de efluentes acuosos

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    Jacas, A.; Ortega, P.; Velasco, M. J.; Camblor, M. A.; Rodriguez, M. A.

    2012-11-01

    The effectiveness of materials based on LTA Zeolite as active phase, for their incorporation into systems aimed at the removal of heavy metals on waste water is evaluated in a preliminary way. This type of Zeolite with the main channel of a minimum free diameter of 0,41 nm and a low SiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ratio is an interesting molecular sieve, which in turn display a high ion exchange capacity. From this point of view, LTA Zeolite crystals were obtained in situ by hydrothermal synthesis and characterized by x ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We have studied the effect of hydrothermal synthesis time at 378 K. Likewise, the removal capacity of heavy metal from the active phase was evaluated in as a first step on diluted solutions of cooper salts at slightly acidic pH ({approx} 4,7). (Author) 28 refs.

  2. Inorganic particulates in removal of toxic heavy metal ions: rapid and efficient removal of Hg(II) and Cr(III) ions from aqueous solutions by sodium titanate

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    Radiotracer technique has been used to study the removal of Hg(II) and Cr(III) ions from aqueous solutions by synthesized and well characterized sodium titanate powder. Adsorptive concentration (10-2-10-8 mol dm-3), pH (ca. 3.0-10.0) and temperature (303-333 K) were examined for assessing optimal conditions for removal of these ions. The uptake of Hg(II) and Cr(III) ions, which fitted well for Freundlich isotherm, increased with increase in the temperature and no significant desorption took place in the studied temperature range. The presence of some anions/cations affected the uptake of metal ions markedly. Increasing the H+ ion concentration (HCl/H2SO4) decreased the removal of these ions. Irradiation of sodium titanate by using a 11.1 GBq (Ra-Be) neutron source having a neutron flux density of 3.9 x 106 cm-2 s-1 and associated with a ?-dose rate of 1.7 Gy/h and also by using a Gamma cell (4.7 kGy/h) did not influence the extent of adsorption of Hg(II) and Cr(III) ions. (orig.)

  3. Removal of Heavy Metals Pb2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, Ni2+, Co2+ and Fe3+ from Aqueous Solutions by using Xanthium Pensylvanicum

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    Jaber SALEHZADEH

    2013-01-01

    The hazardous ill effects of heavy metals on the environment and public health is a matter of serious concern. Biosorption is emerging as a sustainable effective technology. Heavy metals in water resources are one of the most important environmental problems of countries. The intensification of industrial activity and environmental stress greatly contributes to the significant rise of heavy metal pollution in water resources making threats on terrestrial and aquatic life. The toxicity of meta...

  4. Molecular Characterization of Some Novel Marine Alicyclobacillus Strains, Capable of Removing Lead from a Heavy Metal Contaminated Sea Spot

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    Eman A.H. Mohamed; Nermeen A. ElSersy

    2009-01-01

    Sea water from heavy metal contaminated area in the Mediterranean, was analyzed for its heavy metal contents and their concentrations. It was observed that lead has the highest concentration (0.48 ppm) among the remaining heavy metal concentrations. Four different Gram-positive, rod-shaped and spore forming Alicyclobacillus (formally Bacillus) isolates were isolated from the same sea spot. Phenotypic characterization of pure cultures were examined for motility, Gram reaction, spore morp...

  5. Heavy metal removal from sludge with organic chelators: Comparative study of N, N-bis(carboxymethyl) glutamic acid and citric acid.

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    Suanon, Fidèle; Sun, Qian; Dimon, Biaou; Mama, Daouda; Yu, Chang-Ping

    2016-01-15

    The applicability and performance of a new generation of biodegradable chelator, N, N-Bis(carboxymethyl) glutamic acid (GLDA), for extracting heavy metals from sewage sludge was carried out and compared with citric acid (CA). Targeted metals included Cd, Co, Cu, Zn, Ni and Cr, and their contents in the raw sludge were 63.1, 73.4, 1103.2, 2060.3, 483.9 and 604.1 mg kg(-1) (dry sludge basis), respectively. Metals were divided into six fractions including water soluble, exchangeable, carbonates bound, Fe-Mn bound, organic matters bound and residual fraction via chemical fractionation. Washing results showed that in general GLDA exhibited better performance compared with CA, with removal efficiency of 83.9, 87.3, 81.2, 85.6, 89.3 and 90.2% for Cd, Co, Cu, Zn, Ni and Cr, respectively at equilibrium pH = 3.3. Residual metals were better stabilized in the GLAD-washed sludge than in the CA-washed sludge, and were mostly tightly bonded to the residual fraction. Furthermore, CA promoted phosphorus (P) release while GLDA had an opposite effect and tended to retain P within sludge, which could be beneficial for further application in agricultural use. Findings from this study suggested that GLDA could be a potential replacement for refractory and less environmentally-friendly chelators in the extraction of metals from sludge. PMID:26520041

  6. Synthesis of MnFe2O4@Mn-Co oxide core-shell nanoparticles and their excellent performance for heavy metal removal.

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    Ma, Zichuan; Zhao, Dongyuan; Chang, Yongfang; Xing, Shengtao; Wu, Yinsu; Gao, Yuanzhe

    2013-10-21

    Magnetic nanomaterials that can be easily separated and recycled due to their magnetic properties have received considerable attention in the field of water treatment. However, these nanomaterials usually tend to aggregate and alter their properties. Herein, we report an economical and environmentally friendly method for the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles with core-shell structure. MnFe2O4 nanoparticles have been successfully coated with amorphous Mn-Co oxide shells. The synthesized MnFe2O4@Mn-Co oxide nanoparticles have highly negatively charged surface in aqueous solution over a wide pH range, thus preventing their aggregation and enhancing their performance for heavy metal cation removal. The adsorption isotherms are well fitted to a Langmuir adsorption model, and the maximal adsorption capacities of Pb(II), Cu(II) and Cd(II) on MnFe2O4@Mn-Co oxide are 481.2, 386.2 and 345.5 mg g(-1), respectively. All the metal ions can be completely removed from the mixed metal ion solutions in a short time. Desorption studies confirm that the adsorbent can be effectively regenerated and reused. PMID:23945878

  7. Application of novel consortium TSR for treatment of industrial dye manufacturing effluent with concurrent removal of ADMI, COD, heavy metals and toxicity.

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    Patel, Tallika L; Patel, Bhargav C; Kadam, Avinash A; Tipre, Devayani R; Dave, Shailesh R

    2015-01-01

    The present study was aimed towards the effective bio-treatment of actual industrial effluent containing as high as 42,000 mg/L COD (chemical oxygen demand), >28,000 ADMI (American Dye Manufacturers Institute) color value and four heavy metals using indigenous developed bacterial consortium TSR. Mineral salt medium supplemented with as low as 0.02% (w/v) yeast extract and glucose was found to remove 70% ADMI, 69% COD and >99% sorption of heavy metals in 24 h from the effluent by consortium TSR. The biodegradation of effluent was monitored by UV-vis light, HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography), HPTLC (high performance thin layer chromotography) and FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) and showed significant differences in spectra of untreated and treated effluent, confirming degradation of the effluent. Induction of intracellular azoreductase (107%) and NADH-DCIP reductase (128%) in addition to extracellular laccase (489%) indicates the vital role of the consortium TSR in the degradation process. Toxicity study of the effluent using Allium cepa by single cell gel electrophoresis showed detoxification of the effluent. Ninety per cent germination of plant seeds, Triticum aestivum and Phaseolus mungo, was achieved after treatment by consortium TSR in contrast to only 20% and 30% germination of the respective plants in case of untreated effluent. PMID:25945844

  8. Immobilization of 5-aminopyridine-2-tetrazole on cross-linked polystyrene for the preparation of a new adsorbent to remove heavy metal ions from aqueous solution

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    Highlights: • Novel chelating resin was prepared using pyridine-2-tetrazole as ligand. • The resin has quite high adsorption capacity for Cu(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II). • The resin shows the different selectivity from the common used IDA resin. • The preparation procedure is a two-step reaction and is easy to carry out. - Abstract: Novel 5-aminopyridine-2-tetrazole-functionalized polystyrene resin (APTZ-PS) was prepared by anchoring 5-aminopyridine-2-carbonitrile onto chloromethylated polystyrene beads (CMPS) and subsequently using the cyano-tetrazole conversion reaction. The APTZ-PS resin was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and specific surface area and pore size analyses. The adsorption experiments of the prepared resin for heavy metal ions were conducted by batch methods. The effects of the experimental conditions, such as pH, contact time and initial metal ion concentration on the adsorption properties of Cu(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II) were investigated. The results showed that the resin possessed perfect adsorption capacities for Cu(II), Pb(II) and Hg(II), and the selectivity was different from the commonly used iminodiacetic acid-chelating resin. The sorption kinetics of the three metal ions followed the pseudo-second-order equation. The adsorption isotherms for Cu(II) and Pb(II) could be better fitted by the Langmuir model than the Freundlich model, whereas the Freundlich model was the best for the Hg(II) ion. Even after five consecutive adsorption–desorption cycles, no obvious change in the adsorption capacity of the resin was found, which implied that the APTZ-PS resin was suitable for the efficient removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous solution

  9. Removal of Heavy Metal Ions by Using Composite of Cement Kiln Dust/Ethylene Glycol co Acrylic Acid Prepared by y-Irradiation

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    Various composites of cement kiln dust (CKD) and poly(ethylene glycol co acrylic acid) using y-irradiation was investigated. The samples were prepared using three percentages of cement kiln dust namely, 20, 50 and 75 by wt % and mixed with an equimolar ratio (1:1) of ethylene glycol and acrylic acid then irradiated at doses; 10,20 and 30 kGy of gamma-irradiation. The results showed that (CKD) and poly(ethylene glycol co acrylic acid) composites were formed only at 30 kGy. In addition, CKD alone has the lowest degree of removal of heavy metal ions compared with the prepared composites. A composite containing 75% cement kiln dust by weight percentage, showed the highest degree of removal of cobalt ions, whereas, a composite of 20% CKD showed the highest degree for cadmium ion removal. While the composite of 75% CKD showed a higher selectivity of cobalt ion than cadmium ion in their mixed solution.

  10. Synthesis of a novel silica-supported dithiocarbamate adsorbent and its properties for the removal of heavy metal ions

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    Bai, Lan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Hu, Huiping, E-mail: phuhuiping@126.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Fu, Weng; Wan, Jia [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Cheng, Xiliang; Zhuge, Lei; Xiong, Lei [School of Metallurgical Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Chen, Qiyuan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} A new silica-supported dithiocarbamate adsorbent (Si-DTC) was synthesized following a novel synthesis route by anchoring the chelating agent of macromolecular dithiocarbamate (MDTC) to the chloro-functionalized silica matrix(SiCl). {yields} By adopting this method, it could make more efforts to increase the nucleophilic reactivity of polyamine with carbon disulfide under strong alkaline condition and avoid the degradation of silica matrix. {yields} The new adsorbent were used to absorb Pb(II), Cd(II), Cu(II) and Hg(II) which are known to be common heavy metal ions from polluted aqueous solutions. {yields} The dithiocarbamate groups and the amino groups in Si-DTC both take part in the adsorption process for M(II) from aqueous solutions but the adsorption mechanism of Hg(II) onto Si-DTC is quite different from that of Pb(II), Cd(II) or Cu(II) onto Si-DTC, which is testified by the XPS and FT-IR results. - Abstract: Silica-supported dithiocarbamate adsorbent (Si-DTC) was synthesized by anchoring the chelating agent of macromolecular dithiocarbamate (MDTC) to the chloro-functionalized silica matrix (SiCl), as a new adsorbent for adsorption of Pb(II), Cd(II), Cu(II) and Hg(II) from aqueous solution. The surface characterization was performed by FT-IR, XPS, SEM and elemental analysis indicating that the modification of the silica surface was successfully performed. The effects of media pH, adsorption time, initial metal ion concentration and adsorption temperature on adsorption capacity of the adsorbent had been investigated. Experimental data were exploited for kinetic and thermodynamic evaluations related to the adsorption processes. The characteristics of the adsorption process were evaluated by using the Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) adsorption isotherms and adsorption capacities were found to be 0.34 mmol g{sup -1}, 0.36 mmol g{sup -1}, 0.32 mmol g{sup -1} and 0.40 mmol g{sup -1} for Pb(II), Cd(II), Cu(II) and Hg(II), respectively. The adsorption mechanism of Hg(II) onto Si-DTC is quite different from that of Pb(II), Cd(II) or Cu(II) onto Si-DTC, which is demonstrated by the XPS and FT-IR results.

  11. Removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions using Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, ZnO, and CuO nanoparticles

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    Mahdavi, Shahriar, E-mail: smahdaviha@yahoo.com; Jalali, Mohsen, E-mail: jalali@basu.ac.ir [College of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Department of Soil Science (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Afkhami, Abbas, E-mail: afkhami@basu.ac.ir [College of Chemistry, Bu-Ali Sina University, Department of Analytical Chemistry (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-08-15

    This study investigated the removal of Cd{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+}, and Pb{sup 2+} from aqueous solutions with novel nanoparticle sorbents (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, ZnO, and CuO) using a range of experimental approaches, including, pH, competing ions, sorbent masses, contact time, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The images showed that Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, ZnO, and CuO particles had mean diameters of about 50 nm (spheroid), 25 nm (rod shape), and 75 nm (spheroid), respectively. Tests were performed under batch conditions to determine the adsorption rate and uptake at equilibrium from single and multiple component solutions. The maximum uptake values (sum of four metals) in multiple component solutions were 360.6, 114.5, and 73.0 mg g{sup -1}, for ZnO, CuO, and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, respectively. Based on the average metal removal by the three nanoparticles, the following order was determined for single component solutions: Cd{sup 2+} > Pb{sup 2+} > Cu{sup 2+} > Ni{sup 2+}, while the following order was determined in multiple component solutions: Pb{sup 2+} > Cu{sup 2+} > Cd{sup 2+} > Ni{sup 2+}. Sorption equilibrium isotherms could be described using the Freundlich model in some cases, whereas other isotherms did not follow this model. Furthermore, a pseudo-second order kinetic model was found to correctly describe the experimental data for all nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray before and after metal sorption, and soil solution saturation indices showed that the main mechanism of sorption for Cd{sup 2+} and Pb{sup 2+} was adsorption, whereas both Cu{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 2+} sorption were due to adsorption and precipitation. These nanoparticles have potential for use as efficient sorbents for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions and ZnO nanoparticles were identified as the most promising sorbent due to their high metal uptake.

  12. Removal Efficiency of the Heavy Metals Zn(II), Pb(II) and Cd(II) by Saprolegnia delica and Trichoderma viride at Different pH Values and Temperature Degrees.

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    Ali, Esam H; Hashem, Mohamed

    2007-09-01

    The removal efficiency of the heavy metals Zn, Pb and Cd by the zoosporic fungal species Saprolegnia delica and the terrestrial fungus Trichoderma viride, isolated from polluted water drainages in the Delta of Nile in Egypt, as affected by various ranges of pH values and different temperature degrees,was extensively investigated. The maximum removal efficiency of S. delica for Zn(II) and Cd(II) was obtained at pH 8 and for Pb(II) was at pH 6 whilst the removal efficiency of T. viride was found to be optimum at pH 6 for the three applied heavy metals. Regardless the median lethal doses of the three heavy metals, Zn recorded the highest bioaccumulation potency by S. delica at all pH values except at pH 4, followed by Pb whereas Cd showed the lowest removal potency by the fungal species and vice versa in case of T. viride. The optimum biomass dry weight production by S. delica was found when the fungus was grown in the medium treated with the heavy metal Pb at pH 6, followed by Zn at pH 8 and Cd at pH 8. The optimum biomass dry weight yield by T. viride amended with Zn,Pb and Cd was obtained at pH 6 for the three heavy metals with the maximum value at Zn. The highest yield of biomass dry weight was found when T. viride treated with Cd at all different pH values followed by Pb whilst Zn output was the lowest and this result was reversed in case of S. delica. The maximum removal efficiency and the biomass dry weight production for the three tested heavy metals was obtained at the incubation temperature 20? in case of S. delica while it was 25? for T. viride. Incubation of T. viride at higher temperatures (30? and 35?) enhanced the removal efficiency of Pb and Cd than low temperatures (15? and 20?) and vice versa in case of Zn removal. At all tested incubation temperatures, the maximum yield of biomass dry weight was attained at Zn treatment by the two tested fungal species. The bioaccumulation potency of S. delica for Zn was higher than that for Pb at all temperature degrees of incubation and Cd bioaccumulation was the lowest whereas T. viride showed the highest removal efficiency for Pb followed by Cd and Zn was the minor of the heavy metals. PMID:24015084

  13. Prediction of Heavy Metal Removal by Different Liner Materials from Landfill Leachate: Modeling of Experimental Results Using Artificial Intelligence Technique

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    Nurdan Gamze Turan; Emine Beril Gümü?el; Okan Ozgonenel

    2013-01-01

    An intensive study has been made to see the performance of the different liner materials with bentonite on the removal efficiency of Cu(II) and Zn(II) from industrial leachate. An artificial neural network (ANN) was used to display the significant levels of the analyzed liner materials on the removal efficiency. The statistical analysis proves that the effect of natural zeolite was significant by a cubic spline model with a 99.93% removal efficiency. Optimization of liner materials was achiev...

  14. A critical review on the bio-removal of hazardous heavy metals from contaminated soils: issues, progress, eco-environmental concerns and opportunities.

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    Wu, Gang; Kang, Hubiao; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Shao, Hongbo; Chu, Liye; Ruan, Chengjiang

    2010-02-15

    Mechanism of four methods for removing hazardous heavy metal are detailed and compared-chemical/physical remediation, animal remediation, phytoremediation and microremediation with emphasis on bio-removal aspects. The latter two, namely the use of plants and microbes, are preferred because of their cost-effectiveness, environmental friendliness and fewer side effects. Also the obvious disadvantages of other alternatives are listed. In the future the application of genetic engineering or cell engineering to create an expected and ideal species would become popular and necessary. However, a concomitant and latent danger of genetic pollution is realized by a few persons. To cope with this potential harm, several suggestions are put forward including choosing self-pollinated plants, creating infertile polyploid species and carefully selecting easy-controlled microbe species. Bravely, the authors point out that current investigation of noncrop hyperaccumulators is of little significance in application. Pragmatic development in the future should be crop hyperaccumulators (newly termed as "cropaccumulators") by transgenic or symbiotic approach. Considering no effective plan has been put forward by others about concrete steps of applying a hyperaccumulator to practice, the authors bring forward a set of universal procedures, which is novel, tentative and adaptive to evaluate hyperaccumulators' feasibility before large-scale commercialization. PMID:19864055

  15. Efficient removal of dyes by a novel magnetic Fe3O4/ZnCr-layered double hydroxide adsorbent from heavy metal wastewater

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    Graphical abstract: To purify heavy metal wastewater (pickling waste liquor (PWLA and PWLB) and electroplating wastewater (EPWC and EPWD)), a novel magnetic Fe3O4/ZnCr–LDH material was formed via two-step microwave hydrothermal method (Step 1 and Step 2) and applicable for organic dyes wastewater treatment. Highlights: ? Fe3O4/ZnCr-layered double hydroxide adsorbent was produced from wastewater. ? RSM was successfully applied to the optimization of the preparation conditions. ? The maximum adsorption capacity of MO was found to be 240.16 mg/g. ? The MO adsorption mechanism on MFLA was certified. ? MFLA could be recycled after catalytic regeneration by the oxidation technology. - Abstract: A novel magnetic Fe3O4/ZnCr-layered double hydroxide adsorbent was produced from electroplating wastewater and pickling waste liquor via a two-step microwave hydrothermal method. Adsorption of methyl orange (MO) from water was studied using this material. The effects of three variables have been investigated by a single-factor method. The response surface methodology (RSM) based on Box–Behnken design was successfully applied to the optimization of the preparation conditions. The maximum adsorption capacity of MO was found to be 240.16 mg/g, indicating that this material may be an effective adsorbent. It was shown that 99% of heavy metal ions (Fe2+, Fe3+, Cr3+, and Zn2+) can be effectively removed into precipitates and released far less in the adsorption process. In addition, this material with adsorbed dye can be easily separated by a magnetic field and recycled after catalytic regeneration with advanced oxidation technology. Meanwhile, kinetic models, FTIR spectra and X-ray diffraction pattern were applied to the experimental data to examine uptake mechanism. The boundary layer and intra-particle diffusion played important roles in the adsorption mechanisms.

  16. Synthesis and adsorption behavior of chitosan-coated MnFe2O4 nanoparticles for trace heavy metal ions removal

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    Xiao, Yanzhen; Liang, Hanfeng; Chen, Wei; Wang, Zhoucheng

    2013-11-01

    Chitosan-coated MnFe2O4 nanoparticles (CCMNPs) of uniform size were synthesized by an eco-friendly method. The obtained product was characterized by XRD, TEM, FTIR and SQUID. The results show that NaOH played a key role in the formation of CCMNPs. The as-prepared CCMNPs with a saturation magnetization of 16.5 emu/g were used as magnetic nanoadsorbents to remove toxic Cu(II) and Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solution. Factors influencing the adsorption of heavy metal ions, such as pH value, agitation time and initial metal concentration were investigated. The maximum adsorption capacities of Cu(II) and Cr(VI) on CCMNPs were 22.6 and 15.4 mg/g, respectively. The competitive adsorption of Cu(II) and Cr(VI) from binary solution by CCMNPs was also studied, and the result shows that the affinity between Cu(II) and CCMNPs was much higher than that between Cr(VI) and CCMNPs.

  17. Hydroponics reducing effluent's heavy metals discharge.

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    Rababah, Abdellah; Al-Shuha, Ahmad

    2009-01-01

    This paper investigates the capacity of Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) to control effluent's heavy metals discharge. A commercial hydroponic system was adapted to irrigate lettuces with primary treated wastewater for studying the potential heavy metals removal. A second commercial hydroponic system was used to irrigate the same type of lettuces with nutrient solution and this system was used as a control. Results showed that lettuces grew well when irrigated with primary treated effluent in the commercial hydroponic system. The NFT-plant system heavy metals removal efficiency varied amongst the different elements, The system's removal efficiency for Cr was more than 92%, Ni more than 85%, in addition to more than 60% reduction of B, Pb, and Zn. Nonetheless, the NFT-plants system removal efficiencies for As, Cd and Cu were lower than 30%. Results show that lettuces accumulated heavy metals in leaves at concentrations higher than the maximum acceptable European and Australian levels. Therefore, non-edible plants such as flowers or pyrethrum are recommended as value added crops for the proposed NFT. PMID:19151500

  18. Desarrollo de membranas de quitosano y diseño de un equipo para la eliminación de metales pesados del agua Chitosan membrane development and design of equipment for the removal of heavy metals from water

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    Jesús Mora Molina

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio comparó la eficiencia de la filtración con membranas de quitosano 1,75% m/v, entrecruzadas con glutaraldehído (0,08% m/v y sin entrecruzar, para estimar la capacidad de remoción de iones de cadmio, cromo y cobre de disoluciones modelo. Además, se diseñó un equipo de bajo costo para la experimentación con las membranas elaboradas. La finalidad de la investigación era emplear materiales biodegradables para remover metales pesados de aguas, mediante una técnica de bajo consumo energético y, por otra parte, generar soluciones baratas, efectivas y aplicables a problemas específicos. Se elaboraron dos fichas técnicas con información sobre las membranas y se encontró que el cromo fue el metal removido en mayor medida por las membranas entrecruzadas, ajustándose al modelo de isoterma de Freundlich. Sin embargo, no se encontró relación entre el tamaño de poro de las membranas y el grado de entrecruzamiento.A filtration technique with 1,75% m/v chitosan membranes crosslinked with glutaraldehyde (0,08% v/v was used to quantify the removal capacity of chromium, copper and cadmium ions from water. A simple and low cost filtration system was developed to use with prepared membranes.The main goal was to use biodegradable materials for removing heavy metals from water, through a low energy consumption, cheap, and specific method.As a result, two data sheets were prepared for the membranes. It was found out that chromium was the metal with the highest removal from water, by using a crosslinked membrane. Metal adsorption was best adjusted to the Freundlich isotherm model, better than Langmuir isotherm model.However, it was found no correlation between pore size and crosslinking degree.

  19. Development of a low-cost alternative for metal removal from textile wastewater:

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    Sekomo Birame, C.

    2012-01-01

    Heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn) found in textile wastewater are removed by a combination of adsorption using volcanic rock as adsorbent, sulfide precipitation and phytoremediation techniques. The integrated system for metal removal combining anaerobic bioreactor as main treatment step and a polishing step composed by algae, duckweed and water hyacinth ponds for heavy metal removal from industrial wastewater. The maximum of the metal removal was achieved in the bioreactor where metal sulp...

  20. Lipid lather removes metals.

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    Metal contamination has been linked to birth defects, cancer, skin lesions, retardation, learning disabilities, liver and kidney damage, and a host of other maladies, and the United States alone will spend some $7 trillion over the next five years or so to clean up sites contaminated with metals. Until recently, there have only been a few time-consuming, costly methods for dealing with metal contamination in soils, but research developed at the University of Arizona uses biosurfactants, lipid...

  1. Assessing fly ash treatment: Remediation and stabilization of heavy metals

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    Lima, A.T.; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Ribeiro, Alexandra B.

    2012-01-01

    Fly ashes from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), straw (ST) and co-combustion of wood (CW) are here analyzed with the intent of reusing them. Two techniques are assessed, a remediation technique and a solidification/stabilization one. The removal of heavy metals from fly ashes through the electrodialytic process (EDR) has been tried out before. The goal of removing heavy metals has always been the reuse of fly ash, for instance in agricultural fields (BEK). The best removal rates are here summarized ...

  2. Inorganic particulates in removal of toxic heavy metal ions: Part-X. removal behaviour of aluminum hydroxide for Hg(II) - a radiotracer study

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    The present paper deals with a study on the removal behaviour of amorphous-type aluminum hydroxide for Hg(II) at micro to tracer level concentrations from aqueous solutions by employing the radiotracer technique. The solid/solution interface study was carried out for various physico-chemical parameters, e.g., effect of concentration, temperature and pH. The effect of the presence of several added cations/anions towards its removal behaviour was also assessed

  3. Metal Removal in Wastewater

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    Sanchez Roldan, Laura

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this work was to study Copper removal capacity of different algae species and their mixtures from the municipal wastewater. This project was implemented in the greenhouse in the laboratories of Tampere University of Applied Sciences and the wastewater used was the one from the Tampere municipal wastewater treatment plant. Five algae species and three mixtures of them were tested for their Copper removal potential in wastewater in one batch test run. The most efficient algae mixture...

  4. Heavy metal removal from MSWI fly ash by electrokinetic remediation coupled with a permeable activated charcoal reactive barrier

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    Huang, Tao; Li, Dongwei; Kexiang, Liu; Zhang, Yuewei

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the investigations into the feasibility of the application of a remediation system that couples electrokinetic remediation (EKR) with the permeable reactive barrier (PRB) concept for municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) fly ash with activated charcoal as the PRB material. The experimental results of this study showed that the proposed combined method can effectively improve the remediation efficiency and that the addition of the oxalic acid to the PRB media before the coupled system can further enhance the remediation process. In the optimization tests, the maximum removals of Zn, Pb, Cu and Cd were achieved under different experimental conditions. The voltage gradient and processing time were shown to have significant effects on the removal of Cu and Cd, whereas the addition of the oxalic acid had a more significant influence on the removal of Pb. Generally, the processing time is the most significant factor in changing the removal rates of HMs in the enhanced coupled system. In terms of the leaching toxicity, the specimen remediated by ENEKR?+?PRB showed the lowest leaching value for each HM in the S2 and S3 regions. PMID:26486449

  5. Heavy metal removal from MSWI fly ash by electrokinetic remediation coupled with a permeable activated charcoal reactive barrier

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    Huang, Tao; Li, Dongwei; Kexiang, Liu; Zhang, Yuewei

    2015-10-01

    This paper presents the investigations into the feasibility of the application of a remediation system that couples electrokinetic remediation (EKR) with the permeable reactive barrier (PRB) concept for municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) fly ash with activated charcoal as the PRB material. The experimental results of this study showed that the proposed combined method can effectively improve the remediation efficiency and that the addition of the oxalic acid to the PRB media before the coupled system can further enhance the remediation process. In the optimization tests, the maximum removals of Zn, Pb, Cu and Cd were achieved under different experimental conditions. The voltage gradient and processing time were shown to have significant effects on the removal of Cu and Cd, whereas the addition of the oxalic acid had a more significant influence on the removal of Pb. Generally, the processing time is the most significant factor in changing the removal rates of HMs in the enhanced coupled system. In terms of the leaching toxicity, the specimen remediated by ENEKR?+?PRB showed the lowest leaching value for each HM in the S2 and S3 regions.

  6. Heavy metal removal from MSWI fly ash by electrokinetic remediation coupled with a permeable activated charcoal reactive barrier.

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    Huang, Tao; Li, Dongwei; Kexiang, Liu; Zhang, Yuewei

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the investigations into the feasibility of the application of a remediation system that couples electrokinetic remediation (EKR) with the permeable reactive barrier (PRB) concept for municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) fly ash with activated charcoal as the PRB material. The experimental results of this study showed that the proposed combined method can effectively improve the remediation efficiency and that the addition of the oxalic acid to the PRB media before the coupled system can further enhance the remediation process. In the optimization tests, the maximum removals of Zn, Pb, Cu and Cd were achieved under different experimental conditions. The voltage gradient and processing time were shown to have significant effects on the removal of Cu and Cd, whereas the addition of the oxalic acid had a more significant influence on the removal of Pb. Generally, the processing time is the most significant factor in changing the removal rates of HMs in the enhanced coupled system. In terms of the leaching toxicity, the specimen remediated by ENEKR?+?PRB showed the lowest leaching value for each HM in the S2 and S3 regions. PMID:26486449

  7. Removal Efficiency of the Heavy Metals Zn(II), Pb(II) and Cd(II) by Saprolegnia delica and Trichoderma viride at Different pH Values and Temperature Degrees

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    Esam H. Ali; Hashem, Mohamed

    2007-01-01

    The removal efficiency of the heavy metals Zn, Pb and Cd by the zoosporic fungal species Saprolegnia delica and the terrestrial fungus Trichoderma viride, isolated from polluted water drainages in the Delta of Nile in Egypt, as affected by various ranges of pH values and different temperature degrees,was extensively investigated. The maximum removal efficiency of S. delica for Zn(II) and Cd(II) was obtained at pH 8 and for Pb(II) was at pH 6 whilst the removal efficiency of T. viride was foun...

  8. Aqueous heavy metals removal on amine-functionalized Si-MCM-41 and Si-MCM-48

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    Ordered mesoporous silica with hexagonal and cubic structure, type MCM-41 and MCM-48 respectively, were synthesized under basic media using pure silica, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and tetramethylammonium hydroxide, for MCM-41 and tetraethylorthosilica, cetyltrimethylammonium and NaOH for MCM-48. The expanded materials were prepared by post-synthesis method with N-N dimethyldodecylamine (DMDDA) and dodecylamine (DDA). Small angle X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements, FT-IR and thermogravimetry were used to characterize the samples. The expanded materials were tested for adsorption of Cd2+, Co2+, Cu2+ and Pb2+ in aqueous solution. Aminated materials were found to be fast adsorbents for metallic ions cation with affinity for Cu2+, Pb2+, than for Cd2+ and Co2+ from single solution. In mixed metallic ions cation solutions, competition by the adsorption sites is likely to occur, the adsorption preference is for Cu2+and Pb2+. The kinetic of the reaction is very rapid and follow pseudo-second order and clearly indicated that Langmuir model describe better the for metal ions adsorption on aminated mesoporous material than Freundlich model.

  9. Screening the possibility for removing cadmium and other heavy metals from wastewater sludge and bio-ashes by an electrodialytic method

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    Ottosen, Lisbeth M. [Department of Civil Engineering, Techncial University of Denmark, Building 204, 2800 Lyngby (Denmark)]. E-mail: lo@byg.dtu.dk; Pedersen, Anne J. [Department of Civil Engineering, Techncial University of Denmark, Building 204, 2800 Lyngby (Denmark); Hansen, Henrik K. [Departamento de Procesos Quimicos, Biotecnologicos y Ambientales, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Casilla 110-V, Valparaiso (Chile); Ribeiro, Alexandra B. [Departamento de Ciencias e Engenharia do Ambiente, Faculdade de Cadencies e Technologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal)

    2007-02-25

    Both wastewater sludge and fly ash from combustion of biomass (bio-ash) have traditionally been applied to agricultural land in Denmark. However, Cd concentrations often exceed limiting values. The present study is a preliminary investigation of the possibility for reducing the Cd concentration in wastewater sludge and bio-ashes (straw and wood) using an electrodialytic method. The waste products were treated as stirred suspensions. During the remediation the suspension was acidified from water splitting at the anion exchange membrane and the acidification mobilized Cd that was removed to the electrode compartments. Even though the matrices were very different the remediation was successful in all cases. After treatment the Cd concentration in the ashes allowed for spreading at agricultural land and the limiting concentration of 0.8 mg Cd/kg for the wastewater sludge was almost reached (0.84 and 0.88 mg Cd/kg). The main differences of the waste products influencing the remediation process were: the sludges had a high content of organic particles that were mobilized by electrophoresis and fouled the anion exchange membrane; the straw-ash contained a lot of chloride, which formed anionic complexes with Cd, and the wood ash had a high initial pH (13.3). The mass of wastewater sludge and bio-ashes decreased during treatment but the concentration of other heavy metals (Pb, Ni, Cu and Zn) was not increased to exceed limiting values in remediated matrix.

  10. Removal of Heavy Metals Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+ and Cd2+ from Aqueous Solutions by Using Eichhornia Crassipes

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption capacity of Eichhornia Crassipes towards metal ions such as Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+ and Cd2+, was studied. The adsorption capacity was investigated by batch experiments. The results showed that the removal percentages increased as the weight of sorbent increased, except for Fe3+ and Zn2+. The effect of contact time was also studied and the results showed that the removal percentages increased as the contact time increased for Cr3+, Zn2+ and Pb2+, but for Fe3+, Cu2+ and Cd2+ the removal decreased. The effect of pH of the solution was also studied and the removal percentages increased as pH increased. Also the effect of the initial concentration of metal ions was studied at four different concentrations (5, 10, 30, 50 mg/L; in case of metal ions (Cu2+, Zn2+ and Cd2+ the removal percentages increased by increasing initial concentration. But, for the other metal ions it decreased by increasing initial concentration over 30 mg/L. The order of increasing removal percentages of metal ions at pH=4.86, initial concentration of metal ions 30 mg/L, and after four hours of shaking was: Cu2+< Cr3+

  11. Removal of Heavy Metals Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+ and Cd2+ from Aqueous Solutions by Using Eichhornia Crassipes

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    S.A., Shama; M.E., Moustafa; M.A., Gad.

    Full Text Available The adsorption capacity of Eichhornia Crassipes towards metal ions such as Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+ and Cd2+, was studied. The adsorption capacity was investigated by batch experiments. The results showed that the removal percentages increased as the weight of sorbent increased, except for Fe3+ [...] and Zn2+. The effect of contact time was also studied and the results showed that the removal percentages increased as the contact time increased for Cr3+, Zn2+ and Pb2+, but for Fe3+, Cu2+ and Cd2+ the removal decreased. The effect of pH of the solution was also studied and the removal percentages increased as pH increased. Also the effect of the initial concentration of metal ions was studied at four different concentrations (5, 10, 30, 50 mg/L); in case of metal ions (Cu2+, Zn2+ and Cd2+) the removal percentages increased by increasing initial concentration. But, for the other metal ions it decreased by increasing initial concentration over 30 mg/L. The order of increasing removal percentages of metal ions at pH=4.86, initial concentration of metal ions 30 mg/L, and after four hours of shaking was: Cu2+

  12. Chemically modified olive stone: A low-cost sorbent for heavy metals and basic dyes removal from aqueous solutions

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    In the present work, we have investigated the sorption efficiency of treated olive stones (TOS) towards cadmium and safranine removal from their respective aqueous solutions. TOS material was prepared by treatment of olive stones with concentrated sulfuric acid at room temperature followed up by a subsequent neutralization with 0.1 M NaOH aqueous solution. The resulting material has been thoroughly characterized by SEM, energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX), MAS 13C NMR, FTIR and physicochemical parameters were calculated. The sorption study of TOS at the solid-liquid interface was investigated using kinetics, sorption isotherms, pH effect and thermodynamic parameters. The preliminary results indicate that TOS exhibit a better efficiency in terms of sorption capacities toward the two pollutants (128.2 and 526.3 mg/g for cadmium and safranine, respectively) than those reported so far in the literature. Moreover, the sorption process is ascertained to occur fast enough so that the equilibrium is reached in less than 15 min of contact time. The results found in the course of this study suggest that ion exchange mechanism is the most appropriate mechanism involved in cadmium and safranine removal. Finally, the sorption efficiency of TOS is compared to those of other low-cost sorbents materials yet described in the literature

  13. Effect of two heavy metals, cadmium and nickel, on the organic load removal efficiency in a laboratory UASB reactor

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    Experiments were carried out in three up flow anaerobic sludge blanket, UASB, reactors each with 3 L capacity, four hours of hydraulic retention time, (HRT) and volumetric organic load of 4,8 g/L/d. After the initial start phase, which was of 4.000 hours for the three reactors, they were affected in the following way: the first reactor was continuously feed with 5 mg/L of cadmium chloride, the second one was continuously feed with 10 mg/L of nickel chloride and the last one was not affected and served as reference. Efficiency in organic load removal was measured as oxygen chemical demand (OCD), the first reactor changed from 60% in the start phase (phase one) to 18% in the cadmium-affected phase (phase two), efficiency in removal (OCI) in reactor two varied from 60 to 24% and the last one did not change in a noticeable manner. Reactor one accumulated cadmium in the mud, whereas reactor two did not do that with nickel

  14. Rapid synthesis of titania–silica nanoparticles photocatalyst by a modified sol–gel method for cyanide degradation and heavy metals removal

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    Highlights: ? TiO2–SiO2 photocatalyst was prepared by a modified sol–gel technique. ? The modified TiO2–SiO2 catalyst shows remarkable photocatalytic activity. ? Complete degradation of cyanide and removal of Cr, Co, Pb were achieved. ? Catalytic performance depends essentially on catalyst, target and reaction time. - Abstract: Titania–silica (TiO2–SiO2) photocatalyst was prepared by a modified sol–gel technique. Titania sol was firstly synthesized by acid hydrolysis of a TiCl4 precursor instead of titanium alkoxides. The titania sol was further modified with SiO2 to obtain a modified catalyst. The as-prepared TiO2–SiO2 catalyst demonstrated a remarkable photocatalytic activity toward degradation of cyanide and heavy metals removal (Cr(III), Co(II) and Pb(II)). The influence of the preparation parameters; the reaction time, the calcination temperature and time, the [H+]/[Ti] ratio, the pH value and the acid concentration on the structural and chemical properties of the catalyst was investigated in details. The catalytic performance was found to depend essentially on the catalyst and target concentrations and the reaction time. The as-synthesized catalyst was characterized by a variety of techniques including surface area measurement, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) spectroscopy measurements. Results of the synthesis and characterization of TiO2–SiO2 catalyst and its photocatalytic performance are presented and thoroughly discussed.

  15. Metals Removal from Recovered base Oil using Chitosan Biopolymers

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    Ahmad, A.; A. Ripin; M.W. Ali; S.M. Jamil

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    It was common to use solvent extraction to recover base oil from used lubricants. Although, significant amount of contaminants removal was achieved by using solvent extraction, some problems arised which need to be resolved. The recovered base oil from solvent extraction was still in the darkish color with stink odor and only minimum heavy metals were removed. As an alternative, an adsorption method which used chitosan to remove metals and contaminants was being investigated. This paper prese...

  16. Inorganic particulates in removal of toxic heavy metal ions. 4. Efficient removal of zinc ions from aqueous solution by hydrous zirconium oxide

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    Adsorption behavior of zinc ions on hydrous zirconium oxide (HZO) in aqueous solution has been studied as a function of concentration (10-2-10-8M), temperature (303-333 K) and pH 3-8 of adsorptive solution applying radiotracer technique. The kinetics of adsorption follows first order rate law and agrees well with the classical Freundlich isotherm in the entire range of adsorptive concentration. The removal was found to be increasing with pH of the adsorptive solution while it was suppressed in the presence of acid concentrations. The overall process is found to be endothermic and irreversible in nature. (author). 27 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs

  17. Metals Removal from Recovered base Oil using Chitosan Biopolymers

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available It was common to use solvent extraction to recover base oil from used lubricants. Although, significant amount of contaminants removal was achieved by using solvent extraction, some problems arised which need to be resolved. The recovered base oil from solvent extraction was still in the darkish color with stink odor and only minimum heavy metals were removed. As an alternative, an adsorption method which used chitosan to remove metals and contaminants was being investigated. This paper presents the application of experimental design on the study of metals removal from the recovered base oil using adsorption process. Four parameters namely temperature, contact time, chitosan grain size and chitosan dosage on the performance of chitosan to adsorb metals were studied. It was found that the most influential parameter effecting the metals removal was the chitosan grain size. The metals removals also greatly depended on the temperature of the process and chitosan dosage. The performance of these parameters will be further investigated.

  18. Inorganic particulates in removal of toxic heavy metal ions. Part 10. Removal behavior of aluminum hydroxide for Hg(II). A radiotracer study

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    The removal behavior of amorphous aluminum hydroxide for Hg(II) ions from aqueous solutions was investigated by employing a radiotracer technique at micro down to trace level concentrations. The batch type experiments were performed to obtain various physico-chemical parameters, viz., effect of sorptive concentration, temperature and pH. It was observed that the increase in sorptive concentration (from 1 x 10-8 to 1 x 10-2 mol x dm-3), temperature (from 303 to 333 K) and pH (from 3.4 to 10.3) apparently favored the uptake of Hg(II) by this solid. Similarly, the presence of anions (six fold) viz., oxalate, phosphate, glycine and EDTA also enhanced the uptake behavior of aluminum hydroxide for Hg(II). Whereas, the added cations viz., Na+, K+, Ba2+, Sr2+, Mg2+, Cd2+ and Fe3+ more or less suppressed the removal behavior of the adsorbent. Further, the adsorption process followed the classical Freundlich adsorption isotherm and deductions of various thermodynamic data revealed that the uptake of Hg(II) on aluminum hydroxide followed the ion-exchange type mechanism and thermodynamically it was found to be endothermic in nature. (author)

  19. Removal of Heavy Metals (Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+ and Cd2+ from Aqueous Solutions by Using Hebba Clay and Activated Carbon

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption capacity of hebba clay and activated carbon towards (Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+, Cd2+ metal ions was studied. The adsorption capacity was investigated by batch experiment. The effect of weight of hebba was studied and the results showed that the removal percentages increased as the weight of sorbent increased. The effect of contact time was also studied and the results showed that the removal percentages increased as the contact time increased. The effect of pH of the solution was also studied and the removal percentages for (Cu2+, Zn2+ and Cd2+ were affected slightly by changing the pH value, but for (Fe3+, Pb2+ and Cr3+ the effect was higher. Also, the effect of initial concentration of metal ions was studied at four different concentrations (5, 10, 30, 50 mg/L; in case of metal ions (Cu2+, Zn2+ and Cd2+, the removal percentages increased by increasing initial concentration. But for the other metal ions it decreased. The order of increasing removal percentages of metal ions at pH=4.86, concentration of metal ions 30 mg/L, and after four hours of shaking, was (Pb2+ < Cu2+ < Cd2+ < Cr3+ < Zn2+ < Fe3+. But in the case of activated carbon, the order was Cd2+ < Zn2+ < Cu2+ < Pb2+ < Cr6+ < Fe3+.

  20. Removal of Heavy Metals (Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+ and Cd2+) from Aqueous Solutions by Using Hebba Clay and Activated Carbon

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    S.A., Shama; M.A., Gad.

    Full Text Available The adsorption capacity of hebba clay and activated carbon towards (Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+, Cd2+) metal ions was studied. The adsorption capacity was investigated by batch experiment. The effect of weight of hebba was studied and the results showed that the removal percentages increased as the [...] weight of sorbent increased. The effect of contact time was also studied and the results showed that the removal percentages increased as the contact time increased. The effect of pH of the solution was also studied and the removal percentages for (Cu2+, Zn2+ and Cd2+) were affected slightly by changing the pH value, but for (Fe3+, Pb2+ and Cr3+) the effect was higher. Also, the effect of initial concentration of metal ions was studied at four different concentrations (5, 10, 30, 50 mg/L); in case of metal ions (Cu2+, Zn2+ and Cd2+), the removal percentages increased by increasing initial concentration. But for the other metal ions it decreased. The order of increasing removal percentages of metal ions at pH=4.86, concentration of metal ions 30 mg/L, and after four hours of shaking, was (Pb2+

  1. Preparation and characterization of sodium iron titanate ion exchanger and its application in heavy metal removal from waste waters.

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    Akieh, Marceline N; Lahtinen, Manu; Väisänen, Ari; Sillanpää, Mika

    2008-04-01

    The ion exchange properties of sodium iron titanates, namely, NaFeTiO(4), Na(2)Fe(2)Ti(6)O(16) and iron-doped sodium nonatitanate were investigated. Conventional solid state and sol-gel methods were used in the synthesis of the sodium iron titanates. Structural characterization of the materials was performed with powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetry (TG), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and with inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). Based on TG analyses, the novel iron-doped sodium nonatitanate was proven to be a member of the layered titanate family. The different sodium iron titanates were compared based on the efficiency in separating Ni from aqueous streams by conducting batch experiments with a batch factor of 1000 ml/g. Iron-doped sodium nonatitanate exhibited the best ion exchange performance compared to the other sodium iron titanates studied. It was found to be selective for nickel over potassium and showed 99% removal efficiency for Ni. PMID:17766041

  2. Inorganic particulates for removal of heavy toxic metal ions: removal behaviour of tungsten oxide for Hg(II) ions from aqueous solution- radiotracer study

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    A radiotracer technique has been used in the study of the removal for Hg(II) ions from aqueous solutions by synthesised tungsten oxide at different adsorptive concentrations (10-4 - 10-8 M), pH (ca 3.41 - 8.54) and temperature (303 -333 K). The uptake of Hg(II) ions, which fitted Freundlich isotherm, increased with increase in the studied temperature range and no significant desorption of adsorbed ions took place in the equilibrium bulk solution. Pre-irradiation of tungsten oxide using a 11.1 GBq (Ra-Be) neutron source having a neutron flux of 3.9 x 1(16 cm-2s-1 associated with gamma-dose rate of 1.7 Gyh-1 did not significantly influence adsorption of Hg (II) by the adsorbent. (author)

  3. Post-crosslinking towards stimuli-responsive sodium alginate beads for the removal of dye and heavy metals.

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    Lu, Ting; Xiang, Tao; Huang, Xue-Lian; Li, Cheng; Zhao, Wei-Feng; Zhang, Qian; Zhao, Chang-Sheng

    2015-11-20

    Post-crosslinking as a new strategy to prepare sodium alginate (SA) beads with controllable swelling behavior, pH sensitivity and adsorption capacity was developed by using the solution of glutaraldehyde (GA), acetic acid and hydrochloric acid as the coagulating agent, for which could be used to fabricate polysaccharide beads in a large scale. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis convinced the successful cross-linking of SA by GA. The macro-porous structures of the beads were observed by scanning electron microscopy. Both acetic acid and hydrochloric acid had great effects on the swelling behavior and pH sensitivity of the SA beads. The SA beads could adsorb cationic dye (methylene blue) as high as 572mg/g and other metal ions (Cu(2+), Ag(+) and Fe(3+)). The adsorption processes fitted well with the pseudo-second-order kinetic model and the Freundlich isotherm. The large-scale production of SA beads with tunable properties opens a new route to industrially utilize polysaccharide beads in wastewater treatments, intelligent separation and so on. PMID:26344317

  4. CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS FOR TREATMENT OF HEAVY METALS IN URBAN STORMWATER RUNOFF: CHEMICAL SPECIATION OF WETLAND SEDIMENTS

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    Heavy metals in urban stormwater runoff are primarily removed by sedimentation in stormwater best management practices (BMPs) such as constructed wetlands. Heavy metals accumulated in wetland sediments may be potentially toxic to benthic invertebrates and aquatic microorganisms, ...

  5. Heavy metals and soil microbes

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    Giller, K.E.; Witter, E.; McGrath, S.

    2009-01-01

    The discovery in the early 1980s that soil microorganisms, and in particular the symbiotic bacteria Rhizobium, were highly sensitive to heavy metals initiated a new line of research. This has given us important insights into a range of topics: ecotoxicology, bioavailability of heavy metals, the role of soil biodiversity, and the existence of ‘keystone’ organisms. Concurrently, and particularly in Europe, the research led to new approaches to the protection of soils from pollution that take in...

  6. Inorganic particulates in removal of toxic heavy metal ions: rapid and efficient removal of Zn(II) from aqueous solutions by sodium titanate

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    Removal behavior for Zn(II) ions from aqueous solutions at micro and tracer concentration levels has been carried out utilizing a 'radiotracer technique' through an adsorption process using synthesized and well characterized sodium titanate as an adsorbent. The study comprises of various physico-chemical parameters viz. concentration, temperature, pH and the effect of some added cations/anions and acid concentrations (HCl/H2SO4) on the adsorption process. The results show that the high uptake of Zn(II) on a sodium titanate surface follows first order rate law and that equilibrium data fit well for a Freundlich adsorption isotherm. A change in temperature (303 - 333 K) does not markedly affect the uptake of Zn(II) ions. Radiation stability of sodium titanate was also observed by exposing it to neutron and gamma rays from a 11.1 GBq (Ra-Be) neutron source having an integral neutron flux of 3.85 x 106 n/cm2/sec associated with gamma-dose of 1.72 Gy/h also using a gamma-cell (4.66 KGy/h) Co-60 source. (orig.)

  7. Inorganic particulates in removal of toxic heavy metal ions: efficient removal of cadmium ions from aqueous solutions by hydrous manganese oxide

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    Adsorption of cadmium ions from aqueous solutions of Cd(NO3)2 on hydrous manganese oxide (HMO) has been studied as a function of the contact time, concentration (10-2-10-7 M), temperature (303-333 K) and pH (2.80-11.80) of the Cd(II) solution employing 'radiotracer technique'. The results on adsorption of Cd(II) on HMO show that the removal process is essentially complete in ca. 2 h and the steady state values of adsorption at various concentrations agree well with the classical Freundlich adsorption isotherm. The temperature and pH of the bulk solution markedly affect the extent of adsorption and the process is thermodynamically irreversible. The exposure of HMO to neutrons and ?-radiations from a 11.1 GBq (Ra-Be) neutron source having 1.72 Gy/h dose rate or to a high radiation ?-cell (having mean dose rate 4.66 kGy/h) has practically no significant effect on the adsorption capacity of HMO. (orig.)

  8. Biosorption of heavy metals and uranium from dilute solutions

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    Schneider, I.A.H. [Federal Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil); Misra, M.; Smith, R.W. [Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV (United States). Mackay School of Mines

    1995-08-01

    Eichhornia crassipes approaches being a scourge in many parts of the world, choking waterways and hindering transport upon them. At the same time it is known to readily abstract heavy metal ions from water and, thus, aids in the removal of heavy metals found in such waters. This paper considers the possibility of using specific parts of the plant as an inexpensive adsorbent for the removal of heavy metals from contaminated chemical and mining industry waste waters. In particular the root of the plant was found to be an excellent accumulator of heavy metal ions including uranium from solution. It is also suggested that dried roots of the plant might be placed in simple bags and used in a very low cost metal ion removal system.

  9. Biosorption of heavy metals and uranium from dilute solutions

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    Eichhornia crassipes approaches being a scourge in many parts of the world, choking waterways and hindering transport upon them. At the same time it is known to readily abstract heavy metal ions from water and, thus, aids in the removal of heavy metals found in such waters. This paper considers the possibility of using specific parts of the plant as an inexpensive adsorbent for the removal of heavy metals from contaminated chemical and mining industry waste waters. In particular the root of the plant was found to be an excellent accumulator of heavy metal ions including uranium from solution. It is also suggested that dried roots of the plant might be placed in simple bags and used in a very low cost metal ion removal system

  10. Application of mechanosynthesized azine-decorated zinc(II) metal-organic frameworks for highly efficient removal and extraction of some heavy-metal ions from aqueous samples: a comparative study.

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    Tahmasebi, Elham; Masoomi, Mohammad Yaser; Yamini, Yadollah; Morsali, Ali

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    The three zinc(II) metal-organic frameworks [Zn2(oba)2(4-bpdb)]·(DMF)x (TMU-4), [Zn(oba)(4-bpdh)0.5]n·(DMF)y (TMU-5), and [Zn(oba)(4-bpmb)0.5]n·(DMF)z (TMU-6) [DMF = dimethylformamide, H2oba = 4,4'-oxybisbenzoic acid, 4-bpdb = 1,4-bis(4-pyridyl)-2,3-diaza-1,3-butadiene, 4-bpdh = 2,5-bis(4-pyridyl)-3,4-diaza-2,4-hexadiene, and 4-bpmb = N(1),N(4)-bis((pyridin-4-yl)methylene)benzene-1,4-diamine], which contain azine-functionalized pores, have been successfully synthesized by mechanosynthesis as a convenient, rapid, low-cost, solventless, and green process. These MOFs were studied for the removal and extraction of some heavy-metal ions from aqueous samples, and the effects of the basicity and void space of these MOFs on adsorption efficiency were evaluated. The results showed that, for trace amounts of metal ions, the basicity of the N-donor ligands in the MOFs determines the adsorption efficiency of the MOFs for the metal ions. In contrast, at high concentrations of metal ions, the void space of the MOFs plays a main role in the adsorption process. The studies conducted revealed that, among the three MOFs, TMU-6 had a lower adsorption efficiency for metal ions than the other two MOFs. This result can be attributed to the greater basicity of the azine groups on the TMU-4 and TMU-5 pore walls as compared to the imine groups on the N-donor ligands on the TMU-6 pore walls. Subsequently, TMU-5 was chosen as an efficient sorbent for the extraction and preconcentration of trace amounts of some heavy-metal ions including Cd(II), Co(II), Cr(III), Cu(II), and Pb(II), followed by their determination by flow injection inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Several variables affecting the extraction efficiency of the analytes were investigated and optimized. The optimized methodology exhibits a good linearity between 0.05 and 100 ?g L(-1) (R(2) > 0.9935) and detection limits in the range of 0.01-1.0 ?g L(-1). The method has enhancement factors between 42 and 225 and relative standard deviations (RSDs) of 2.9-6.2%. Subsequently, the potential applicability of the proposed method was evaluated for the extraction and determination of target metal ions in some environmental water samples. PMID:25548873

  11. Cell surface engineering of microorganisms towards adsorption of heavy metals.

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    Li, Peng-Song; Tao, Hu-Chun

    2015-06-01

    Heavy metal contamination has become a worldwide environmental concern due to its toxicity, non-degradability and food-chain bioaccumulation. Conventional physical and chemical treatment methods for heavy metal removal have disadvantages such as cost-intensiveness, incomplete removal, secondary pollution and the lack of metal specificity. Microbial biomass-based biosorption is one of the approaches gaining increasing attention because it is effective, cheap, and environmental friendly and can work well at low concentrations. To enhance the adsorption properties of microbial cells to heavy metal ions, the cell surface display of various metal-binding proteins/peptides have been performed using a cell surface engineering approach. The surface engineering of Gram-negative bacteria, Gram-positive bacteria and yeast towards the adsorption of heavy metals are reviewed in this article. The problems and future perspectives of this technology are discussed. PMID:23915280

  12. Optimización del Proceso de Remoción de Metales Pesados de Agua Residual de la Industria Galvánica por Precipitación Química / Optimization of the Removal Processs of Heavy Metals from Raw Water of Galvanic Industry by Chemical Precipitation

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    Eduardo, Soto; Rosa del C, Miranda; César A, Sosa; José A, Loredo.

    Full Text Available Se han estudiado las condiciones óptimas requeridas para remover metales pesados del agua residual de una industria galvánica, que contiene cromo (435 mg/L), zinc (720 mg/L), hierro (168 mg/L) y níquel (24 mg/L). Se usó agua preparada en el laboratorio (agua sintética) y agua de la industria misma ( [...] agua cruda). El tratamiento se hizo mediante precipitación química, usando sosa para ajustar el pH y cloruro férrico como aditivo coagulante en un equipo de prueba de jarras. Las condiciones óptimas encontradas usando el agua sintética fueron: 7 minutos para el tiempo de floculación, 18 rpm para la velocidad de agitación y 11.8 mL para la dosis de coagulante. Para el agua cruda fueron: 9.5 minutos para el tiempo de floculación, 30 rpm para la velocidad de agitación y 5.2 mL para la dosis de coagulante. Las condiciones de tratamiento fueron diferentes para el agua residual cruda, ya que el agua residual cruda contiene otros contaminantes, los cuales sobrecargan la superficie coloidal, esto afecta el proceso de floculación Abstract in english The aim of this research was to obtain the optimum conditions to remove heavy metals from wastewaters of the galvanic industry, which contain chromium (435 mg/L), zinc (720 mg/L), iron (168 mg/L) and nickel (24 mg/L). The treatment was made by chemical precipitation using caustic soda to set pH and [...] ferric chloride like coagulant aid in jar test. The responses to optimize are: flocculation time, stirring speed and coagulant dose. The optimum conditions to remove heavy metals from synthetic wastewater was, flocculation time: 7 minutes, stirring speed: 18 rpm, coagulant dose: 11.8 mL and flocculation time: 9.5 minutes,stirring speed: 30 rpm, coagulant dose: 5.2 mL for raw wastewater. The treatment conditions were different for the raw wastewater because the raw wastewater contains other pollutants which over charge the colloidal surface and affects the flocculation processes

  13. Heavy metal-induced glutathione accumulation and its role in heavy metal detoxification in Phanerochaete chrysosporium.

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    Xu, Piao; Liu, Liang; Zeng, Guangming; Huang, Danlian; Lai, Cui; Zhao, Meihua; Huang, Chao; Li, Ningjie; Wei, Zhen; Wu, Haipeng; Zhang, Chen; Lai, Mingyong; He, Yibin

    2014-01-01

    Phanerochaete chrysosporium are known to be vital hyperaccumulation species for heavy metal removal with admirable intracellular bioaccumulation capacity. This study analyzes the heavy metal-induced glutathione (GSH) accumulation and the regulation at the intracellular heavy metal level in P. chrysosporium. P. chrysosporium accumulated high levels of GSH, accompanied with high intracellular concentrations of Pb and Cd. Pb bioaccumulation lead to a narrow range of fluctuation in GSH accumulation (0.72-0.84 ?mol), while GSH plummeted under Cd exposure at the maximum value of 0.37 ?mol. Good correlations between time-course GSH depletion and Cd bioaccumulation were determined (R (2) > 0.87), while no significant correlations have been found between GSH variation and Pb bioaccumulation (R (2) metal toxicity can offer important information on the application of the microorganism for wastewater treatment. PMID:24723291

  14. Studies on the optimum conditions using acid-washed zero-valent iron/aluminum mixtures in permeable reactive barriers for the removal of different heavy metal ions from wastewater.

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    Han, Weijiang; Fu, Fenglian; Cheng, Zihang; Tang, Bing; Wu, Shijiao

    2016-01-25

    The method of permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) is considered as one of the most practicable approaches in treating heavy metals contaminated surface and groundwater. The mixture of acid-washed zero-valent iron (ZVI) and zero-valent aluminum (ZVAl) as reactive medium in PRBs to treat heavy metal wastewater containing Cr(VI), Cd(2+), Ni(2+), Cu(2+), and Zn(2+) was investigated. The performance of column filled with the mixture of acid-washed ZVI and ZVAl was much better than the column filled with ZVI or ZVAl alone. At initial pH 5.4 and flow rates of 1.0mL/min, the time that the removal efficiencies of Cr(VI), Cd(2+), Ni(2+), Cu(2+), and Zn(2+) were all above 99.5% can keep about 300h using 80g/40g acid-washed ZVI/ZVAl when treating wastewater containing each heavy metal ions (Cr(VI), Cd(2+), Ni(2+), Cu(2+), and Zn(2+)) concentration of 20.0mg/L. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize ZVI/ZVAl before and after reaction and the reaction mechanism of the heavy metal ions with ZVI/ZVAl was discussed. PMID:26521089

  15. A study of the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions by Moringa oleifera seeds and amine-based ligand 1,4-bis[N,N-bis(2-picoyl)amino]butane

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    Obuseng, Veronica; Nareetsile, Florence [Department of Chemistry, University of Botswana, Private Bag UB 00704, Gaborone (Botswana); Kwaambwa, Habauka M., E-mail: hmkwaambwa@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, University of Botswana, Private Bag UB 00704, Gaborone (Botswana)

    2012-06-12

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Materials are effective and selective in simultaneous removal of heavy metal ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Use of composite adsorbent of both materials may result in more effective material. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Seeds biomass has various functional groups involves in metal removal. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Attainment of sorption equilibrium is rapid for the seeds biomass. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Seeds biomass effectiveness is not affected over wide effective pH range. - Abstract: Uptake for lead, copper, cadmium, nickel and manganese from aqueous solution using the Moringa oleifera seeds biomass (MOSB) and amine-based ligand (ABL) was investigated. Experiments on two synthetic multi-solute systems revealed that MOSB performed well in the biosorption and followed the decreasing orders Pb(II) > Cu(II) > Cd(II) > Ni(II) > Mn(II) and Zn(II) > Cu(II) > Ni(II). The general trend of the heavy metal ions uptake by the amine-based ligand followed decreased in the order Mn > Cd > Cu > Ni > Pb, which is the reverse trend for what was observed for MOSB. Comparing the single- and multi-metal solutions, there was no clear effect in the biosorption capacity of MOSB suggesting the presence of sufficient active binding sites for all metal ions studied. The MOSB performance is also not affected by pH in the range 3.5-8.

  16. A study of the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions by Moringa oleifera seeds and amine-based ligand 1,4-bis[N,N-bis(2-picoyl)amino]butane

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    Highlights: ? Materials are effective and selective in simultaneous removal of heavy metal ions. ? Use of composite adsorbent of both materials may result in more effective material. ? Seeds biomass has various functional groups involves in metal removal. ? Attainment of sorption equilibrium is rapid for the seeds biomass. ? Seeds biomass effectiveness is not affected over wide effective pH range. - Abstract: Uptake for lead, copper, cadmium, nickel and manganese from aqueous solution using the Moringa oleifera seeds biomass (MOSB) and amine-based ligand (ABL) was investigated. Experiments on two synthetic multi-solute systems revealed that MOSB performed well in the biosorption and followed the decreasing orders Pb(II) > Cu(II) > Cd(II) > Ni(II) > Mn(II) and Zn(II) > Cu(II) > Ni(II). The general trend of the heavy metal ions uptake by the amine-based ligand followed decreased in the order Mn > Cd > Cu > Ni > Pb, which is the reverse trend for what was observed for MOSB. Comparing the single- and multi-metal solutions, there was no clear effect in the biosorption capacity of MOSB suggesting the presence of sufficient active binding sites for all metal ions studied. The MOSB performance is also not affected by pH in the range 3.5–8.

  17. Bioremediation of Heavy Metals in Liquid Media Through Fungi Isolated from Contaminated Sources

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    Joshi, P K; Swarup, Anand; Maheshwari, Sonu; Kumar, Raman; Singh, Namita

    2011-01-01

    Wastewater particularly from electroplating, paint, leather, metal and tanning industries contain enormous amount of heavy metals. Microorganisms including fungi have been reported to exclude heavy metals from wastewater through bioaccumulation and biosorption at low cost and in eco-friendly way. An attempt was, therefore, made to isolate fungi from sites contaminated with heavy metals for higher tolerance and removal of heavy metals from wastewater. Seventy-six fungal isolates tolerant to he...

  18. A Novel Permeable Reactive Barrier (PRB) for Simultaneous and Rapid Removal of Heavy Metal and Organic Matter - A Systematic Chemical Speciation Approach on Sustainable Technique for Pallikarani Marshland Remediation

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    Selvaraj, A.; Nambi, I. M.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, an innovative technique of ZVI mediated 'coupling of Fenton like oxidation of phenol and Cr(VI) reduction technique' was attempted. The hypothesis is that Fe3+ generated from Cr(VI) reduction process acts as electron acceptor and catalyst for Fenton's Phenol oxidation process. The Fe2+ formed from Fenton reactions can be reused for Cr(VI) reduction. Thus iron can be made to recycle between two reactions, changing back and forth between Fe2+ and Fe3+ forms, makes treatment sustainable.(Fig 1) This approach advances current Fenton like oxidation process by (i)single system removal of heavy metal and organic matter (ii)recycling of iron species; hence no additional iron required (iii)more contaminant removal to ZVI ratio (iv)eliminating sludge related issues. Preliminary batch studies were conducted at different modes i) concurrent removal ii) sequential removal. The sequential removal was found better for in-situ PRB applications. PRB was designed based on kinetic rate slope and half-life time, obtained from primary column study. This PRB has two segments (i)ZVI segment[Cr(VI)] (ii)iron species segment[phenol]. This makes treatment sustainable by (i) having no iron ions in outlet stream (ii)meeting hypothesis and elongates the life span of PRB. Sequential removal of contaminates were tested in pilot scale PRB(Fig 2) and its life span was calculated based on the exhaustion of filling material. Aqueous, sand and iron aliquots were collected at various segments of PRB and analyzed for precipitation and chemical speciation thoroughly (UV spectrometer, XRD, FTIR, electron microscope). Chemical speciation profile eliminates the uncertainties over in-situ PRB's long term performance. Based on the pilot scale PRB study, 'field level PRB wall construction' was suggested to remove heavy metal and organic compounds from Pallikaranai marshland(Fig 3)., which is contaminated with leachate coming from nearby Perungudi dumpsite. This research provides (i)deeper insight into the environmental friendly, accelerated, sustainable technique for combined removal of organic matter and heavy metal (ii)evaluation of the novel technique in PRB, which resulted in PRB's increased life span (iii)designing of PRB to remediate the marshland and its ecosystem, thus save the habitats related to it.

  19. Preparation and characterization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes/chitosan nanocomposite and its application for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution

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    Research highlights: ? Nanocomposite made of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and chitosan was prepared and characterized. ? The characterization confirmed the homogenous and well distribution of the MWCNTs within the chitosan matrix. ? MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite was used for the removal of copper, zinc, cadmium and nickel ions from aqueous solution. ? The results showed that nanocomposite could remove successfully most of the metal ions from solution with high efficiency. - Abstract: Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were modified with chitosan, and a homogenous nanocomposite was obtained. The morphological properties of the MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite were studied with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The morphological results indicate the successful modification and the formation of MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposites. The MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite was packed inside a glass column and used for the removal of copper, zinc, cadmium, and nickel ions from aqueous solution. The MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite showed a great efficiency for the removal of the target metal ions from the aqueous solution. The results suggested that this novel MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite could be used for different environmental applications.

  20. Preparation and characterization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes/chitosan nanocomposite and its application for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution

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    Salam, Mohamed Abdel, E-mail: masalam16@hotmail.com [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80200, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia); Makki, Mohamad S.I.; Abdelaal, Magdy Y.A. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80200, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia)

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    Research highlights: > Nanocomposite made of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and chitosan was prepared and characterized. > The characterization confirmed the homogenous and well distribution of the MWCNTs within the chitosan matrix. > MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite was used for the removal of copper, zinc, cadmium and nickel ions from aqueous solution. > The results showed that nanocomposite could remove successfully most of the metal ions from solution with high efficiency. - Abstract: Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were modified with chitosan, and a homogenous nanocomposite was obtained. The morphological properties of the MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite were studied with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The morphological results indicate the successful modification and the formation of MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposites. The MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite was packed inside a glass column and used for the removal of copper, zinc, cadmium, and nickel ions from aqueous solution. The MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite showed a great efficiency for the removal of the target metal ions from the aqueous solution. The results suggested that this novel MWCNTs/chitosan nanocomposite could be used for different environmental applications.

  1. Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals in Aqueous Solutions

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    Felix Aibuedefe AISIEN

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available One of the major environmental problems is the pollution of water and soil by toxic heavy metals. This study investigated the phytoremediation potential of water hyacinth, for the removal of cadmium (Cd, lead (Pb and zinc (Zn. Water hyacinths were cultured in bore-hole water, supplemented with 5mg/l of Zn and Pb and 1mg/l of Cd at pH 4.5, 6.8 and 8.5. The plants were separately harvested each week for six weeks. The results showed that removal of these metals from solution was fast especially in the first two weeks, after which it became gradual till saturation point was reached. The accumulation of Cd and Zn in leaves and roots increased with increase in pH. The highest accumulation was in the roots with metal concentration of 4870mg/kg, 4150mg/kg and 710mg/kg for Zn, Pb and Cd respectively at pH 8.5. The maximum values of bioconcentration factor (BCF for Zn, Pb and Cd were 1674, 1531 and 1479 respectively, suggesting that water hyacinth was good accumulator of Zn, Pb and Cd, and could be used to treat industrial wastewater contaminated with heavy metals such as Zn, Pb and Cd.

  2. Heavy metals in trees and energy crops - a literature review

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    This literature review deals with the use of energy crops for cleaning of soils from heavy metals. It also deals with the use of low accumulating energy crops to be used on strongly contaminated soils where a low uptake of heavy metals is preferred, for example on mining deposits. In addition to the efforts to reduce the sources for heavy metal contamination of soils (for example commercial fertilizers and atmospheric deposition) the uptake and removal of heavy metals from the soils by the use of energy crops have recently been discussed as a method for cleaning of soils. Species from the Salix family (willow) have a greater potential for accumulating heavy metals than cereals which makes them interesting for this purpose. The Salix family consists of species with a great genetic variation. This will probably make it possible to find or develop clones with different characteristics suitable for cleaning of contaminated soils as well as for plant covering of soils that are extremely contaminated by heavy metals. In the former case an accumulation of heavy metals in the harvested parts, the shoots, is preferred. In the later case clones that do not accumulate heavy metals and maybe also clones with only root accumulation are preferred. There are also Salix clones with a specific accumulation of heavy metals which makes it possible to clean soils from a toxic metal and at the same time avoid the risk for deficiency of essential metals, for example Zn. The greatest potential to clean soils by the use of energy crops, is when the contamination levels in the soils are low, the areas to clean are large and when the time needed for cleaning is of minor importance. The most suitable soils are those where the metal contamination is located in the top soil layer and where the heavy metal concentrations in the sub soil layer are still low. 58 refs, 8 tabs, 1 fig

  3. Study on Biosorption of Heavy Metals by Modified Lignocellulosic Waste

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    Usama Eldemerdash; Maitra, S.; A. Mesfin Yeneneh

    2011-01-01

    Heavy metal laden effluent coming out of various industries is posing a huge pressure on the environment. This in turn, necessitates the development of a noble low cost and efficient technology for the removal of such wastes from industrial effluents. In this particular research, the heavy metal (lead (II) biosorption capacity of modified agri-waste (rice husk and sugarcane bagasse) has been studied, taking the two biosorbents as abundant and low cost biosorbents with promising potential to r...

  4. Heavy metal uptake by agro based waste materials

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    Suleman, Qaiser; Anwar R, Saleemi; Muhammad, Mahmood Ahmad.

    2007-07-15

    Full Text Available Presence of heavy metals in the aquatic systems has become a serious problem. As a result, there has been a great deal of attention given to new technologies for removal of heavy metal ions from contaminated waters. Biosorption is one such emerging technology which utilized naturally occurring waste [...] materials to sequester heavy metals from industrial wastewater. The aim of the present study was to utilize the locally available agricultural waste materials for heavy metal removal from industrial wastewater. The wastewater containing lead and hexavalent chromium was treated with biomass prepared from ficus religiosa leaves. It was fund that a time of one hr was sufficient for sorption to attain equilibrium. The equilibrium sorption capacity after one hr was 16.95 ± 0.75 mg g-1 and 5.66 ± 0.43 mg g-1 for lead and chromium respectively. The optimum pH was 4 for lead and 1 for chromium. Temperature has strong influence on biosorption process. The removal of lead decreased with increase in temperature. On the other hand chromium removal increased with increase in temperature up to 40ºC and then started decreasing. Ion exchange was the major removal mechanism along with physical sorption and precipitation. The biosorption data was well fitted to Langmuir adsorption model. The kinetics of biosorption process was well described by the pseudo 2nd order kinetics model. It was concluded that adsorbent prepared from ficus religiosa leaves can be utilized for the treatment of heavy metals in wastewater

  5. Actividad emulsificante y de remoción de metales pesados del ramnolípido producido por Pseudomonas aeruginosa PB 25 / Oil emulsifying activity and removal of heavy metals by Pseudomonas aeruginosa PB 25 rhamnolipid

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    J. Daniel, Giraldo; Susana, Gutiérrez; Fernando, Merino.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El avance científico-tecnológico realizado desde la revolución industrial, ha aumentado la capacidad del ser humano para explotar los recursos naturales causando una constante perturbación en los ecosistemas. En este contexto, el uso de los biosurfactantes, representa una prometedora alternativa de [...] aplicación para procesos de remediación de ambientes naturales. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue evaluar la actividad emulsificante y de remoción de metales pesados de un biosurfactante de naturaleza ramnolipídica producido por Pseudomonas aeruginosa PB25. Esta creció con una velocidad específica (µ) de 0,0285 h-1 y un tiempo generacional (t g) de 24,321 h; registrándose a su vez una concentración máxima de 2,47 g/L de ramnolípidos en la fase estacionaria de crecimiento, con valores de rendimiento (Y) de 0,13 gramos de ramnolípido por gramo de glicerol y de productividad de 0,082 g/L-h. El ramnolípido alcanzó 5,257 Unidades de Actividad Emulsificante /mL frente a crudo de petróleo e índices de emulsificación E24 de 53, 64, 62 y 84 % para crudo de petróleo, petróleo diesel 2, gasolina y kerosene, respectivamente. Logró remover 98% de plomo y 99% de cadmio en soluciones acuosas a pH 11. Por lo cual, este biosurfactante puede ser empleado en procesos de biorremediación. Abstract in english Since the industrial revolution, the science and technology advances have increased the human ability to exploit natural resources causing pollution in ecosystems. In this context, the use of biosurfactants represents a promising alternative application for any technological process of remediation o [...] f natural environments. The objective of this work was the evaluation of the emulsifying activity and the ability to remove heavy metals with a rhamnolipidic biosurfactant produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa PB25. This strain had a specific growth rate (?) of 0.0285 h-1 and a generational time (td) of 24.321 h. It produced 2.47 g/L rhamnolipid, with yields (Y) of 0.13 g/g and productivity of 0.082 g/L-h. The rhamnolipid had 5.257 emulsifying activity units/mL and E24 emulsification index of 53, 64, 62 and 84% for crude oil, diesel oil 2, gasoline and kerosene, respectively. It got to remove 98% of lead and 99% of cadmium in aqueous solutions at pH 11. In conclusion, it can be used in biotechnological processes.

  6. Heavy metals and the origin of life

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    Nriagu, J.

    2003-05-01

    The functional value of heavy metals in proto-cells was immense and involved critical roles in catalysis of molecular synthesis, translation, electrical neutrality and conduction, energy capture, cross-linking and precipitation (stabilizers of protective cell walls), and to a limited extent, osmotic pressure control. Metals must have modulated the evolutionary choices of the types of building blocks, such as ribose sugars as a constituent of RNA, or the the chirality and enantiopurity of many biomolecules. The formation of an enclosing membrane led to intracellular prokaryotic life (believed to have originated in an anaerobic environment) and much enhanced control over primary metabolism, the uptake and incorporation of heavy metals and the management of biomolecules (especially RNA, DNA and proteins) that were formed. Cells of the most primitive organisms (archaebacteria) reveal complex mechanisms designed specifically to deal with selective pressures from metal-containing environments including intra- and extra-cellular sequestration, exclusion by cell wall barrier, removal through active efflux pumps, enzymatic detoxification, and reduction in sensitivity of cellular targets to metal ions. Adaptation to metals using a variety of chromosomal, and transposon and plasmid-mediated systems began early in the evolution of life on Earth. Recent studies, however, show that the roles played by many heavy metals have changed over time. Divalent lead, for instance, has relinquished its unique catalytic role in the conversion of carbohydrates into ribose in the prebiotic world. The putative elements that dominated the primordial biochemistry were V, Mo, W, Co, Fe(II) and Ni; with the development of oxygenated atmosphere, these elements gave way to Zn, Cu and Fe(Ill) in their metabolic functions.

  7. Heavy Metal Stars

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    2001-08-01

    La Silla Telescope Detects Lots of Lead in Three Distant Binaries Summary Very high abundances of the heavy element Lead have been discovered in three distant stars in the Milky Way Galaxy . This finding strongly supports the long-held view that roughly half of the stable elements heavier than Iron are produced in common stars during a phase towards the end of their life when they burn their Helium - the other half results from supernova explosions. All the Lead contained in each of the three stars weighs about as much as our Moon. The observations show that these "Lead stars" - all members of binary stellar systems - have been more enriched with Lead than with any other chemical element heavier than Iron. This new result is in excellent agreement with predictions by current stellar models about the build-up of heavy elements in stellar interiors. The new observations are reported by a team of Belgian and French astronomers [1] who used the Coude Echelle Spectrometer on the ESO 3.6-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory (Chile). PR Photo 26a/01 : A photo of HD 196944 , one of the "Lead stars". PR Photo 26b/01 : A CES spectrum of HD 196944 . The build-up of heavy elements Astronomers and physicists denote the build-up of heavier elements from lighter ones as " nucleosynthesis ". Only the very lightest elements (Hydrogen, Helium and Lithium [2]) were created at the time of the Big Bang and therefore present in the early universe. All the other heavier elements we now see around us were produced at a later time by nucleosynthesis inside stars. In those "element factories", nuclei of the lighter elements are smashed together whereby they become the nuclei of heavier ones - this process is known as nuclear fusion . In our Sun and similar stars, Hydrogen is being fused into Helium. At some stage, Helium is fused into Carbon, then Oxygen, etc. The fusion process requires positively charged nuclei to move very close to each other before they can unite. But with increasing atomic mass and hence, increasing positive charge of the nuclei, the electric repulsion between the nuclei becomes stronger and stronger. In fact, the fusion process only works up to a certain mass limit, corresponding to the element Iron [2]. All elements that are heavier than Iron cannot be produced via this path. But then, how were those heavy elements we now find on the Earth produced in the first place? From where comes the Zirconium in artificial diamonds, the Barium that colours fireworks, the Tungsten in the filaments in electric bulbs? Which process made the Lead in your car battery? Beyond iron The production of elements heavier than Iron takes place by adding neutrons to the atomic nuclei . These neutral particles do not feel any electrical repulsion from the charged nuclei. They can therefore easily approach them and thereby create heavier nuclei. This is indeed the way the heaviest chemical elements are built up. There are actually two different stellar environments where this process of "neutron capture" can happen. One place where this process occurs is inside very massive stars when they explode as supernovae . In such a dramatic event, the build-up proceeds very rapidly, via the so-called "r-process" ( "r" for rapid ). The AGB stars But not all heavy elements are created in such an explosive way. A second possibility follows a more "peaceful" road. It takes place in rather normal stars, when they burn their Helium towards the end of their lives. In the so-called "s-process" ( "s" for slow ), heavier elements are then produced by a rather gentle addition of neutral neutrons to atomic nuclei. In fact, roughly half of all the elements heavier than Iron are believed to be synthesized by this process during the late evolutionary phases of stars. This process takes place during a specific stage of stellar evolution, known as the "AGB" phase [3]. It occurs just before an old star expels its gaseous envelope into the surrounding interstellar s

  8. Removal of heavy metals and suspended solids from battery wastewaters: application of hydroperm cross-flow microfiltration. Report for August 78-June 80

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    Shapira, N.I.; Liu, H.; Baranski, J.; Kurzweg, D.

    1981-08-01

    This project was undertaken to evaluate the capability of crossflow microfiltration to remove suspended toxic metal and metal hydroxides from battery manufacturing wastewaters. The demonstration was conducted at the General Battery Corporation plant at Hamburg, Pennsylvania. A full scale system capable of processing 150,000 liters per day (40,000 gal/day) was constructed and installed at the General Battery facility. The following conclusions were determined from the demonstration at General Battery: (1) cross-flow filtration will effectively remove suspended solids and suspended metal hydroxides including arsenic hydroxide and antimony hydroxide from battery manufacturing wastewaters, (2) reasonable flux rates can be achieved with the use of the microfiltration membrane filters, (3) sludges of up to 35 percent solids can be easily generated significantly reducing the sludge generation rate. Suspended solid in feed ranging as high as 180,000 ppm were typically reduced to less than 5 ppm in the permeate. Lead was reduced from several hundred ppm in the feed to less than .10 ppm in the permeate. The pH of the wastewater was maintained between 8 and 9.

  9. Adsorption of Heavy Metal from Recovered base Oil using Zeolite

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    Ahmad, A.; A. Ripin; S.M.W. Ali

    2010-01-01

    Recovery of used lubricating oil by extraction produced organic sludge and recovered base oil, but this oil has metallic content such as magnesium and zinc. In this study, purification of recovered base oil by using adsorption process to remove heavy metals was performed. Zeolite was used as an adsorbent. The parameters studied were contact time, amount of zeolite, temperature and their interactions. The results showed that zinc removal was higher than that of the magnesium. The optimum magne...

  10. Biosorption of heavy metals by Saccharomyces cerevisiae: a review.

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    Wang, Jianlong; Chen, Can

    2006-01-01

    Heavy metal pollution has become one of the most serious environmental problems today. Biosorption, using biomaterials such as bacteria, fungi, yeast and algae, is regarded as a cost-effective biotechnology for the treatment of high volume and low concentration complex wastewaters containing heavy metal(s) in the order of 1 to 100 mg/L. Among the promising biosorbents for heavy metal removal which have been researched during the past decades, Saccharomyces cerevisiae has received increasing attention due to the unique nature in spite of its mediocre capacity for metal uptake compared with other fungi. S. cerevisiae is widely used in food and beverage production, is easily cultivated using cheap media, is also a by-product in large quantity as a waste of the fermentation industry, and is easily manipulated at molecular level. The state of the art in the field of biosorption of heavy metals by S. cerevisiae not only in China, but also worldwide, is reviewed in this paper, based on a substantial number of relevant references published recently on the background of biosorption achievements and development. Characteristics of S. cerevisiae in heavy metal biosorption are extensively discussed. The yeast can be studied in various forms for different purposes. Metal-binding capacity for various heavy metals by S. cerevisiae under different conditions is compared. Lead and uranium, for instances, could be removed from dilute solutions more effectively in comparison with other metals. The yeast biosorption largely depends on parameters such as pH, the ratio of the initial metal ion and initial biomass concentration, culture conditions, presence of various ligands and competitive metal ions in solution and to a limited extent on temperature. An assessment of the isotherm equilibrium model, as well as kinetics was performed. The mechanisms of biosorption are understood only to a limited extent. Elucidation of the mechanism of metal uptake is a real challenge in the field of biosorption. Various mechanism assumptions of metal uptake by S. cerevisiae are summarized. PMID:16737792

  11. Induction of in vitro roots cultures of Thypha latifolia and Scirpus americanus and study of their capacity to remove heavy metals

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    María del Socorro, Santos-Díaz; María del Carmen, Barrón-Cruz; María Catalina, Alfaro-De la Torre.

    2007-07-15

    Full Text Available We have established the conditions to obtain in vitro root cultures of Thypha latifolia and Scirpus americanus and have investigated their capacity to remove Pb(II), Mn(II) and Cr(III) from the culture medium. The best conditions for the in vitro culture growth were: an inoculum of 0.2 g of T. latif [...] olia roots and 0.05 g of S. americanus roots (fresh weight), Murashige-Skoog medium and 2 mg L-1of indolacetic acid. The T. latifolia and S. americanus root cultures were cultivated onto media containing Cr (15 µg L-1), Pb (60 µg L-1) or Mn (1.8 mg L-1). Both species were able to remove Pb and Cr near to 100% and 71-100% of Mn from the medium solution during the 6-8 days of experimentation. According to metal concentrations removed from the medium containing the growing root mass, the in vitro root culture of S. americanus can be considered as an accumulator for Pb (157.73 µg g-1), Cr (55.6 µg g-1) and Mn (5000 µg g-1).

  12. Biosolids and heavy metals in soils

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    Silveira Maria Lucia Azevedo

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The application of sewage sludge or biosolids on soils has been widespread in agricultural areas. However, depending on their characteristics, they may cause increase in heavy metal concentration of treated soils. In general, domestic biosolids have lower heavy metal contents than industrial ones. Origin and treatment method of biosolids may markedly influence their characteristics. The legislation that controls the levels of heavy metal contents in biosolids and the maximum concentrations in soils is still controversial. In the long-term, heavy metal behavior after the and of biosolid application is still unknown. In soils, heavy metals may be adsorbed via specific or non-specific adsorption reactions. Iron oxides and organic matter are the most important soil constituents retaining heavy metals. The pH, CEC and the presence of competing ions also affect heavy metal adsorption and speciation in soils. In solution, heavy metals can be present either as free-ions or complexed with organic and inorganic ligands. Generally, free-ions are more relevant in environmental pollution studies since they are readily bioavailable. Some computer models can estimate heavy metal activity in solution and their ionic speciation. Thermodynamic data (thermodynamic stability constant, total metal and ligand concentrations are used by the GEOCHEM-PC program. This program allows studying heavy metal behavior in solution and the effect of changes in the conditions, such as pH and ionic strength and the application of organic and inorganic ligands caused by soil fertilization.

  13. Microalgae - A promising tool for heavy metal remediation.

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    Suresh Kumar, K; Dahms, Hans-Uwe; Won, Eun-Ji; Lee, Jae-Seong; Shin, Kyung-Hoon

    2015-03-01

    Biotechnology of microalgae has gained popularity due to the growing need for novel environmental technologies and the development of innovative mass-production. Inexpensive growth requirements (solar light and CO2), and, the advantage of being utilized simultaneously for multiple technologies (e.g. carbon mitigation, biofuel production, and bioremediation) make microalgae suitable candidates for several ecofriendly technologies. Microalgae have developed an extensive spectrum of mechanisms (extracellular and intracellular) to cope with heavy metal toxicity. Their wide-spread occurrence along with their ability to grow and concentrate heavy metals, ascertains their suitability in practical applications of waste-water bioremediation. Heavy metal uptake by microalgae is affirmed to be superior to the prevalent physicochemical processes employed in the removal of toxic heavy metals. In order to evaluate their potential and to fill in the loopholes, it is essential to carry out a critical assessment of the existing microalgal technologies, and realize the need for development of commercially viable technologies involving strategic multidisciplinary approaches. This review summarizes several areas of heavy metal remediation from a microalgal perspective and provides an overview of various practical avenues of this technology. It particularly details heavy metals and microalgae which have been extensively studied, and provides a schematic representation of the mechanisms of heavy metal remediation in microalgae. PMID:25528489

  14. Effect of ultrasonic treatment on heavy metal decontamination in milk.

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    Porova, Nataliya; Botvinnikova, Valentina; Krasulya, Olga; Cherepanov, Pavel; Potoroko, Irina

    2014-11-01

    Ultrasound has been found useful in increasing the efficiency and consumer safety in food processing. Removal of heavy metal (lead, mercury, and arsenic) contamination in milk is extremely important in regions of poor ecological environment - urban areas with heavy motor traffic or well established metallurgical/cement industry. In this communication, we report on the preliminary studies on the application of low frequency (20kHz) ultrasound for heavy metal decontamination of milk without affecting its physical, chemical, and microbiological properties. PMID:24746508

  15. Radiation synthesis of inter polymer polyelectrolyte complex chitosan/ acrylic acid hydrogel and its application for removal of some heavy metals and phenolic compounds

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    Copolymer hydrogels composed of chitosan and acrylic acid (AAc) were synthesized by using gamma- irradiation and their swelling behaviour, thermal property, were investigated. Chitosan/AAc copolymer hydrogel exhibited relatively high equilibrium water content and also showed reasonable sensitivity to ph. The removal of Cu(II). Co(II) and Cr(III), from aqueous solution by the prepared chitosan/AAc (0.6/4) copolymer composition was examined by batch equilibrium technique. The adsorption capacities of the chitosan/AAc (0.8/ 2, wt/wt) copolymer towards phenol, and 2,6-dimethylphenol were 26.7, 12.5 mg/ g polymer, respectively. The effect of treatment time, initial feed concentration and temperature on the metal and phenolic compound uptake were investigated at different ph values

  16. Preparation and characterization of bentonite clays mixture destined to the removal of heavy metals; Preparacao e caracterizacao da mistura de argilas bentoniticas destinadas a remocao de metais pesados

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    Almeida Neto, A.F. de; Silva, M.G.C. da, E-mail: ambrosio@feq.unicamp.b [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Fac. de Engenharia Quimica. Dept. de Termofluidodinamica

    2009-07-01

    In this work a mixture was prepared with 50% wt. of the Bofe and Verde-lodo clays. The characterization methods used they were: thermal analyses (TG and DTG), X-ray diffraction, fisissorption of N{sub 2}, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. The rehearsals of adsorption we accomplished in system of finite bath using as adsorbent the mixture loamy in natura or it mixes calcined. Starting from TG and DTG a thermal treatment was accomplished to 500 deg C of the loamy mixture. Through the results of the copper adsorption, it was verified that mixes loamy it provokes chemical precipitation of the copper while the calcined sample presents amount metal adsorbed around 7.31 mg of copper/g of adsorbent. The value of removal percentage obtained by the calcined sample it was of 63.02%. (author)

  17. Heavy metal displacement in chelate-irrigated soil during phytoremediation

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    Madrid, F.; Liphadzi, M. S.; Kirkham, M. B.

    2003-03-01

    Heavy metals in wastewater sewage sludge (biosolids), applied to land, contaminate soils. Phytoremediation, the use of plants to clean up toxic heavy metals, might remove them. Chelating agents are added to soil to solubilize the metals for enhanced phytoextraction. Yet no studies follow the displacement and leaching of heavy metals in soil with and without roots following solubilization with chelates. The objective of this work was to determine the mobility of heavy metals in biosolids applied to the surface of soil columns (76 cm long; 17 cm diam.) with or without plants (barley; Hordeum vulgare L.). Three weeks after barley was planted, all columns were irrigated with the disodium salt of the chelating agent, EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid) (0.5 g/kg soil). Drainage water, soil, and plants were analyzed for heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn). Total concentrations of the heavy metals in all columns at the end of the experiment generally were lower in the top 30 cm of soil with EDTA than without EDTA. The chelate increased concentrations of heavy metals in shoots. With or without plants, the EDTA mobilized Cd, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn, which leached to drainage water. Drainage water from columns without EDTA had concentrations of these heavy metals below detection limits. Only Cu did not leach in the presence of EDTA. Even though roots retarded the movement of Cd, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn through the EDTA-treated soil from 1 d (Cd) to 5 d (Fe), the drainage water from columns with EDTA had concentrations of Cd, Fe, Mn, and Pb that exceeded drinking water standards by 1.3, 500, 620, and 8.6 times, respectively. Because the chelate rendered Cd, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn mobile, it is suggested that the theory for leaching of soluble salts, put forward by Nielsen and associates in 1965, could be applied to control movement of the heavy metals for maximum uptake during chelate-assisted phytoremediation.

  18. Biosorption of heavy metals under anaerobic conditions. Final report

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    The precipitation of heavy metals as hydroxides is the standard technique for the decontamination of waste water streams polluted by these elements. On the other side, progress in research has been made concerning the biosorption onto dead biomass and bioprecipitation supported by physiologically active bacteria. As the aim of this study, a flexible strategy has been envisaged cleaning a waste water with definite heavy metal load underlying the process mentioned above. Suitable bacteria were enriched and the process was tested in a technical plant. As result, a very high efficiency of heavy metal elimination has been found. The field of application covered by the acquired process is identical with the whole range of the waste water streams polluted by heavy metals. In addition, a second stage may be necessary if there are any further contaminants to be removed. (orig.)

  19. Dissymmetrical tunnelling in heavy fermion metals

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    Shaginyan, V. R.

    2005-01-01

    A tunnelling conductivity between a heavy fermion metal and a simple metallic point is considered. We show that at low temperatures this conductivity can be noticeably dissymmetrical with respect to the change of voltage bias. The dissymmetry can be observed in experiments on the heavy fermion metals whose electronic system has undergone the fermion condensation quantum phase transition.

  20. Factorial experimental design for recovering heavy metals from sludge with ion-exchange resin.

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    Lee, I Hsien; Kuan, Yu-Chung; Chern, Jia-Ming

    2006-12-01

    Wastewaters containing heavy metals are usually treated by chemical precipitation method in Taiwan. This method can remove heavy metals form wastewaters efficiently, but the resultant heavy metal sludge is classified as hazardous solid waste and becomes another environmental problem. If we can remove heavy metals from sludge, it becomes non-hazardous waste and the treatment cost can be greatly reduced. This study aims at using ion-exchange resin to remove heavy metals such as copper, zinc, cadmium, and chromium from sludge generated by a PCB manufacturing plant. Factorial experimental design methodology was used to study the heavy metal removal efficiency. The total metal concentrations in the sludge, resin, and solution phases were measured respectively after 30 min reaction with varying leaching agents (citric acid and nitric acid); ion-exchange resins (Amberlite IRC-718 and IR-120), and temperatures (50 and 70 degrees C). The experimental results and statistical analysis show that a stronger leaching acid and a higher temperature both favor lower heavy metal residues in the sludge. Two-factors and even three-factor interaction effects on the heavy metal sorption in the resin phase are not negligible. The ion-exchange resin plays an important role in the sludge extraction or metal recovery. Empirical regression models were also obtained and used to predict the heavy metal profiles with satisfactory results. PMID:16843592

  1. Poisoning of domestic animals with heavy metals

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    Velev Romel

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The term heavy metal refers to a metal that has a relatively high density and is toxic for animal and human organism at low concentrations. Heavy metals are natural components of the Earth's crust. They cannot be degraded or destroyed. To a small extent they enter animal organism via food, drinking water and air. Some heavy metals (e.g cooper, iron, chromium, zinc are essential in very low concentrations for the survival of all forms of life. These are described as essential trace elements. However, when they are present in greater quantities, like the heavy metals lead, cadmium and mercury which are already toxic in very low concentrations, they can cause metabolic anomalies or poisoning. Heavy metal poisoning of domestic animals could result, for instance, from drinking-water contamination, high ambient air concentrations near emission sources, or intake via the food chain. Heavy metals are dangerous because they tend to bioaccumulate in a biological organism over time. Manifestation of toxicity of individual heavy metals varies considerably, depending on dose and time of exposure, species, gender and environmental and nutritional factors. Large differences exist between the effects of a single exposure to a high concentration, and chronic exposures to lower doses. The aim of this work is to present the source of poisoning and toxicity of some heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, thallium, arsenic, as well as new data about effects of those heavy metals on the health of domestic animals. .

  2. Biosorption of heavy metals by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Volesky, B; May-Phillips, H A

    1995-01-01

    Abundant and common yeast biomass has been examined for its capacity to sequester heavy metals from dilute aqueous solutions. Live and non-living biomass of Saccharomyces cerevisiae differs in the uptake of uranium, zinc and copper at the optimum pH 4-5. Culture growth conditions can influence the biosorbent metal uptake capacity which normally was: living and non-living brewer's yeast: U > Zn > Cd > Cu; non-living baker's yeast: Zn > (Cd) > U > Cu; living baker's yeast: Zn > Cu approximately (Cd) > U. Non-living brewer's yeast biomass accumulated 0.58 mmol U/g. The best biosorbent of zinc was non-living baker's yeast (approximately 0.56 mmol Zn/g). Dead cells of S. cerevisiae removed approximately 40% more uranium or zinc than the corresponding live cultures. Biosorption of uranium by S. cerevisiae was a rapid process reaching 60% of the final uptake value within the first 15 min of contact. Its deposition differing from that of other heavy metals more associated with the cell wall, uranium was deposited as fine needle-like crystals both on the inside and outside of the S. cerevisiae cells. PMID:7765919

  3. Mosses accumulate heavy metals from the substrata of coal ash

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    Vukojevi? Vanja

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Plants that are able to accumulate and tolerate extraordinarily high concentrations of heavy metals (hyperaccumulators can be used for phytoremediation (removal of contaminants from soils or phytomining (growing a crop of plants to harvest the metals. Two moss species, Bryum capillare Hedw. and Ceratodon purpureus Hedw., were tested as potential phytoremedies under in vivo conditions on a coal ash disposal site in the surroundings of Obrenovac (NW Serbia. The content of various heavy metals (iron, manganese zinc, lead, nickel, cadmium, and copper in the mosses and substrata were investigated over a period of three years. Iron and zinc were found to have the highest concentration in the mosses.

  4. Heavy Metal Risk Management: Case Analysis

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    Kim, Ji Ae; Lee, Seung Ha; Choi, Seung Hyun; Jung, Ki Kyung; Park, Mi Sun; Jeong, Ji Yoon; Hwang, Myung Sil; Yoon, Hae Jung; Choi, Dal Woong

    2012-01-01

    To prepare measures for practical policy utilization and the control of heavy metals, hazard control related institutions by country, present states of control by country, and present states of control by heavy metals were examined. Hazard control cases by heavy metals in various countries were compared and analyzed. In certain countries (e.g., the U.S., the U.K., and Japan), hazardous substances found in foods (e.g., arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury) are controlled. In addition, the Joint...

  5. Electrodialytic removal of heavy metals and chloride from municipal solid waste incineration fly ash and air pollution control residue in suspension - test of a new two compartment experimental cell

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    Kirkelund, Gunvor Marie; Magro, Cátia

    2015-01-01

    Municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) residues such as fly ash and air pollution control (APC) residues are classified as hazardous waste and disposed of, although they contain potential resources. The most problematic elements in MSWI residues are leachable heavy metals and salts. For reuse of MSWI residues in for instance concrete, the aim of remediation should be reduction of the heavy metal leaching, while at the same time keeping the alkaline pH, so the residue can replace cement. In this study a MSWI residues were subjected to electrodialytic remediation under various experimental conditions. Also a newly developed 2 compartment experimental cell was tested. The results show that the pH development in the MSWI residue suspension depended on the type of MSWI residue and the experimental cell type. The acidification of the suspension occurred earlier when using the 2 compartment setup and the acidification of the fly ash occurred earlier than for the APC residue but the highest removal was seen with the 3 compartment cell. The lowest final pH for the fly ash and APC residue was 6.4 and 10.9, respectively. The results showed that the leaching of Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn was reduced compared to the initial heavy metal leaching except when the pH was reduced to a level below 8 for the fly ash. On the other hand, Cr leaching increased by the electrodialytic treatment. Cl leaching from the MSWI residues was less dependent on experimental conditions and was reduced in all experiments compared to the initial levels.

  6. Removal of heavy metals by means of selective cation exchangers in drinking water treatment. Final report; Entfernung von Schwermetallen mit Selektiv-Kationenaustauschern bei der Trinkwasseraufbereitung

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    Doerdelmann, O.; Stetter, D.; Overath, H. [IWW Rheinisch-Westfaelisches Inst. fuer Wasserforschung, Muelheim an der Ruhr (Germany)

    2002-07-01

    The research project on the ''Development of process techniques for eliminating heavy metals from crude water by means of chelating cation exchangers for drinking water production'' ran from 1998 to 2001. Its chief goals were to identify possible application areas for chelating cation exchangers in drinking water treatment, elaborate a mathematical model from the results obtained with a view to dimensioning technical plants, optimise the process steps regeneration and conditioning, elaborate a concept for the treatment and disposal of waste water and wastes and examine selective exchangers with regard to their certification for use in the food industry (drinking water). [German] Das Forschungsvorhaben 'Entwicklung der Verfahrenstechnik zur Eliminierung von Schwermetallen aus Rohwaessern zur Trinkwassergewinnung mit chelatbildenden Kationenaustauschern' wurde in den Jahren 1998 bis 2001 durchgefuehrt. Die wesentlichen Ziele waren: Ermittlung der Einsatzmoeglichkeiten von Chelat-Kationenaustauschern bei der Trinkwasseraufbereitung, Erarbeitung eines mathematischen Modells auf der Grundlage der erzielten Ergebnisse zur Auslegung von technischen Anlagen, Optimierung der Prozessschritte Regeneration und Konditionierung, Erarbeitung eines Konzepts zur Behandlung und Entsorgung der anfallenden Abwaesser und Abfaelle. Untersuchungen der Selektiv-Austauscher hinsichtlich einer Zulassung fuer den Lebensmittelbereich (Trinkwasser). (orig.)

  7. Heavy metals and living systems: An overview

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    Singh, Reena; Gautam, Neetu; Mishra, Anurag; Gupta, Rajiv

    2011-01-01

    Heavy metals are natural constituents of the earth's crust, but indiscriminate human activities have drastically altered their geochemical cycles and biochemical balance. This results in accumulation of metals in plant parts having secondary metabolites, which is responsible for a particular pharmacological activity. Prolonged exposure to heavy metals such as cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc can cause deleterious health effects in humans. Molecular understanding of plant metal accumula...

  8. The reactive surface of Castor leaf [Ricinus communis L.] powder as a green adsorbent for the removal of heavy metals from natural river water

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    Martins, Amanda E.; Pereira, Milene S.; Jorgetto, Alexandre O.; Martines, Marco A. U.; Silva, Rafael I. V.; Saeki, Margarida J.; Castro, Gustavo R.

    2013-07-01

    In this study, a green adsorbent was successfully applied to remove toxic metals from aqueous solutions. Dried minced castor leaves were fractionated into 63-?m particles to perform characterization and extraction experiments. Absorption bands in FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) spectra at 1544, 1232 and 1350 cm-1 were assigned to nitrogen-containing groups. Elemental analysis showed high nitrogen and sulfur content: 5.76 and 1.93%, respectively. The adsorption kinetics for Cd(II) and Pb(II) followed a pseudo-second-order model, and no difference between the experimental and calculated Nf values (0.094 and 0.05 mmol g-1 for Cd(II) and Pb(II), respectively) was observed. The Ns values calculated using the modified Langmuir equation, 0.340 and 0.327 mmol g-1 for Cd(II) and Pb(II), respectively, were superior to the results obtained for several materials in the literature. The method proposed in this study was applied to pre-concentrate (45-fold enrichment factor) and used to measure Cd(II) and Pb(II) in freshwater samples from the Paraná River. The method was validated through a comparative analysis with a standard reference material (1643e).

  9. Phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil by Jatropha curcas.

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    Chang, Fang-Chih; Ko, Chun-Han; Tsai, Ming-Jer; Wang, Ya-Nang; Chung, Chin-Yi

    2014-12-01

    This study employed Jatropha curcas (bioenergy crop plant) to assist in the removal of heavy metals from contaminated field soils. Analyses were conducted on the concentrations of the individual metals in the soil and in the plants, and their differences over the growth periods of the plants were determined. The calculation of plant biomass after 2 years yielded the total amount of each metal that was removed from the soil. In terms of the absorption of heavy metal contaminants by the roots and their transfer to aerial plant parts, Cd, Ni, and Zn exhibited the greatest ease of absorption, whereas Cu, Cr, and Pb interacted strongly with the root cells and remained in the roots of the plants. J. curcas showed the best absorption capability for Cd, Cr, Ni, and Zn. This study pioneered the concept of combining both bioremediation and afforestation by J. curcas, demonstrated at a field scale. PMID:25236867

  10. Heavy Metal Concentrations in Predator Fish

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    Srebrenka Nejedli

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Waters can be polluted by heavy metals which are accumulated and concentrated by fish therefore they show the degree of environmental pollution. The aim of this study was to determine concentrations of heavy metals in water, mud and fish organs to determine whether these concentrations are allowed and in accordance with normative provisions and considering the pollution by heavy metals if the fish meat is hygienically safe food of animal origin. Concentrations of heavy metals (lead, chromium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc were determined in water, mud and different organs (liver, kidney, intestine, milt and skin+muscle of pike (Esox lucius and European catfish (Silurus glanis by Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence method (EDXRF. Statistically significant difference was determined between the concentrations of heavy metals in mud and water (p<0.05 as well as in fish organs (p<0.05. The obtained results show that the highest concentrations of heavy metals were determined in liver and the lowest ones in skin and muscle i.e., in edible fish parts. In accordance with normative regulations of the European Union and the Republic of Croatia, the determined values are lower than the maximally allowed concentrations of heavy metals in fish muscle. When the pollution by heavy metals is taken into account, it indicates that the researched fish meat is hygienically safe food of animal origin.

  11. Heavy Metal, Religiosity, and Suicide Acceptability.

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    Stack, Steven

    1998-01-01

    Reports on data taken from the General Social Survey that found a link between "heavy metal" rock fanship and suicide acceptability. Finds that relationship becomes nonsignificant once level of religiosity is controlled. Heavy metal fans are low in religiosity, which contributes to greater suicide acceptability. (Author/JDM)

  12. Heavy Metal Music and Adolescent Suicidal Risk.

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    Lacourse, Eric; Claes, Michel; Villeneuve, Martine

    2001-01-01

    Studied differentiating characteristics of youth who prefer heavy metal music, worship music, and use music for vicarious release. Data for 275 secondary school students suggest that heavy metal music preference and worshipping is not related to suicidal risk when controlling for other suicide factors. Discusses findings in the context of…

  13. Effect of heavy metals on soil fungi

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    Sosak-?widerska, Bo?ena

    2010-05-01

    Fungi constitute a high proportion of the microbial biomass in soil.Being widespread in soil their large surface-to-volume ratio and high metabolic activity, fungi can contribute significantly to heavy metal dynamics in soil. At neutral pH heavy metals in soils tend to be immobilized to precipitation and/or absorption to cation exchange sites of clay minerals. In the acidic soils, metals are more mobile and enter food webs easier. Microbial production of acids and chelating agents can mobilize to toxic metals. Mobilization is often by uptake and intracellular accumulation of the heavy metlas, and in this way, the bioavailability of metals towards other organisms can be more reduced. Fungi were isolated from soils from Upper Silesia in Poland and belonged to widespread genera: Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium and Trichoderma. Fungi from different taxonomic groups differ greatly in their tolerance to heavy metals. This could be related to their wall structure and chemistry as well as biochemical and physiological characteristics of fungi. Localization of metals in fungal cells was studied using electron microscopy analysis. Metal biosorption in the cell wall can be complex as melanin granules. Fungal vacuoles have an important role in the regulation of the cytosolic concentration of metal ions, and may contribute to heavy metal tolerance.In polluted soils with heavy metals, fungal species composition can be changed and their physiological activity can be changed, too.

  14. A biosystem for removal of metal ions from water

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    Kilbane, J.J. II.

    1990-01-01

    The presence of heavy metal ions in ground and surface waters constitutes a potential health risk and is an environmental concern. Moreover, processes for the recovery of valuable metal ions are of interest. Bioaccumulation or biosorption is not only a factor in assessing the environmental risk posed by metal ions; it can also be used as a means of decontamination. A biological system for the removal and recovery of metal ions from contaminated water is reported here. Exopolysaccharide-producing microorganisms, including a methanotrophic culture, are demonstrated to have superior metal binding ability, compared with other microbial cultures. This paper describes a biosorption process in which dried biomass obtained from exopolysaccharide-producing microorganisms is encapsulated in porous plastic beads and is used for metal ion binding and recovery. 22 refs., 13 figs.

  15. Interaction of heavy metals and pyrene on their fates in soil and tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea).

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    Lu, Mang; Zhang, Zhong-Zhi; Wang, Jing-Xiu; Zhang, Min; Xu, Yu-Xin; Wu, Xue-Jiao

    2014-01-21

    90-Day growth chamber experiments were performed to investigate the interactive effect of pyrene and heavy metals (Cu, Cd, and Pb) on the growth of tall fescue and its uptake, accumulation, and dissipation of heavy metals and pyrene. Results show that plant growth and phytomass production were impacted by the interaction of heavy metals and pyrene. They were significantly decreased with heavy metal additions (100-2000 mg/kg), but they were only slightly declined with pyrene spiked up to 100 mg/kg. The addition of a moderate dosage of pyrene (100 mg/kg) lessened heavy metal toxicity to plants, resulting in enhanced plant growth and increased metal accumulation in plant tissues, thus improving heavy metal removal by plants. In contrast, heavy metals always reduced both plant growth and pyrene dissipation in soils. The chemical forms of Cu, Cd, and Pb in plant organs varied with metal species and pyrene addition. The dissipation and mineralization of pyrene tended to decline in both planted soil and unplanted soils with the presence of heavy metals, whereas they were enhanced with planting. The results demonstrate the complex interactive effects of organic pollutants and heavy metals on phytoremediation in soils. It can be concluded that, to a certain extent, tall fescue may be useful for phytoremediation of pyrene-heavy metal-contaminated sites. Further work is needed to enhance methods for phytoremediation of heavy metal-organics co-contaminated soil. PMID:24383577

  16. Ecotoxic heavy metals transformation by bacteria and fungi in aquatic ecosystem.

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    Chaturvedi, Amiy Dutt; Pal, Dharm; Penta, Santhosh; Kumar, Awanish

    2015-10-01

    Water is the most important and vital molecule of our planet and covers 75% of earth surface. But it is getting polluted due to high industrial growth. The heavy metals produced by industrial activities are recurrently added to it and considered as dangerous pollutants. Increasing concentration of toxic heavy metals (Pb(2+), Cd(2+), Hg(2+), Ni(2+)) in water is a severe threat for human. Heavy metal contaminated water is highly carcinogenic and poisonous at even relatively low concentrations. When they discharged in water bodies, they dissolve in the water and are distributed in the food chain. Bacteria and fungi are efficient microbes that frequently transform heavy metals and remove toxicity. The application of bacteria and fungi may offer cost benefit in water treatment plants for heavy metal transformation and directly related to public health and environmental safety issues. The heavy metals transformation rate in water is also dependent on the enzymatic capability of microorganisms. By transforming toxic heavy metals microbes sustain aquatic and terrestrial life. Therefore the application of microbiological biomass for heavy metal transformation and removal from aquatic ecosystem is highly significant and striking. This paper reviews the microbial transformation of heavy metal, microbe metal interaction and different approaches for microbial heavy metal remediation from water bodies. PMID:26250544

  17. Heavy metal deposition mapping: concentrations and deposition of heavy metals in rural areas of the UK

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    Malcolm, Heath; Fowler, David; Crossley, Alan; Kentisbeer, John; Hallsworth, Steve; Lawlor, Alan; Rowland, Phil; Guyatt, Hayley; Beith, Sarah; Thacker, Sarah; Halford, Alan; Rogers, Stuart; Cape, J Neil; Leeson, Sarah; Harmens, Harry

    2012-01-01

    CEH has been monitoring the concentrations of a range of heavy metals in rural locations across the UK since 2004. This report presents the annual average concentrations and deposition of heavy metals in air and rainfall samples collected from rural locations during 2011 and it reviews the temporal and spatial trends in heavy metal concentrations and deposition between 2004 and 2011. The monitoring network was established to measure the background concentration of a range of heavy meta...

  18. The possible use of soluble humic substances for remediation of heavy metal polluted soils

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    Borggaard, Ole K.; Jensen, Julie Katrine; Holm, Peter Engelund; Strobel, Bjarne W.; Hansen, Hans Christian Bruun

    2008-01-01

    Polluted soil is a common and serious environmental problem. While reliable methods exist for cleaning soil contaminated by organic compounds through degradation, remediation of heavy metal polluted soils awaits an appropriate solution. This is because heavy metals are nondegradable and generally strongly bonded in soils. Consequently, removal of heavy metals by extraction is difficult and requires harsh chemicals such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and acids. However, use of EDTA is ...

  19. Study of hybrid membrane processes for separation of heavy metals from water and wastewater

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    Erwe, Torsten

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    The removal of heavy metals from industrial waste water or from groundwater is a big challenge for the industry. It';s not possible to discharge industrial wastewater contaminated with heavy metals directly into rivers, water reservoirs or into the sea, because the heavy metals present a considerable danger to the ecosystem. Indirect discharge of this wastewater into municipal sewage treatment plants may have a major effect on the activated sludge and hinder the efficiency of the plants. The ...

  20. Using untraditional sorbents for sorption of certain heavy metals from waste water

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    Kyncl, Miroslav; Pavolová, Henrieta; Kyse?ová, Katarína

    2008-01-01

    The environment incl. water is exposed to heavy metals in the long term. Typically, industrial activities are the source of heavy metals penetrating the environment. The heavy metals are contained in many products and are a part of many waste substances. This paper deals with removal of copper, zinc and lead from waste waters by means of adsorption. Adsorbents are typically cheap substances, such as synthetic zeolite, bentonite or slovakite. Attention is paid to the adsorption rate and effici...

  1. Development of a Microbe-Zeolite Carrier for the Effective Elimination of Heavy Metals from Seawater.

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    Kim, In Hwa; Choi, Jin-Ha; Joo, Jeong Ock; Kim, Young-Kee; Choi, Jeong-Woo; Oh, Byung-Keun

    2015-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential of zeolite-supported sulfatereducing bacteria (SRB) in enhancing the removal of Cu(2+), Ni(2+), and Cr(6+) in contaminated seawater. Our results show that SRB-immobilized zeolite carriers can enhance the removal of heavy metals. In addition, heavy metals were generally better removed at conditions of 37°C. Cu(2+), Ni(2+), and Cr(6+) were effectively removed by 98.2%, 90.1%, and 99.8% at 100 parts per million concentration of the heavy metals, respectively. These results indicate that SRB-zeolite carriers hold great potential for use in the removal of cationic heavy metal species from marine environment. PMID:26032363

  2. Optimization and/or acclimatization of activated sludge process under heavy metals stress.

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    El Bestawy, Ebtesam; Helmy, Shacker; Hussein, Hany; Fahmy, Mohamed

    2013-04-01

    The present study aimed to overcome the toxicity of the heavy metals load, discharged with the industrial effluents into Alexandria sewerage network, on the activated sludge treatment system through effective acclimation for organic matter and heavy metals removal. Optimization and/or acclimatization of the activated sludge process in the presence of Cu, Cd, Co and Cr contaminating mixed domestic-industrial wastewater was investigated. Acclimatization process was performed through abrupt and stepwise addition of tested metals using sequencing batch reactors treatment approach and evaluated as microbial oxygen uptake rate (OUR), dehydrogenase activity (DHA), organic matter (COD) and heavy metals removal. Abrupt addition of metals adversely affected sludge bioactivity leading to decline in the removal efficiency of the targeted contaminants and loss of floc structure. Metals IC50 confirmed that copper possessed the highest toxicity towards the OUR, DHA activity and COD removal with orders Cu > Cd > Cr > Co; Cu > Cd > Co = Cr and Cu > Cd > Cr > Co, respectively. The highest metal removal was recorded for Cd followed by Co, Cu and finally Cr, most of which was retained in the dissolved influent. However, controlled stepwise application of the tested metals exhibited high sensitivity of DHA and OUR activities only at the highest metal concentrations although enhanced at the lowest concentrations while COD removal was not significantly affected. In conclusion, this approach resulted in adaptation of the system where sludge microbes acquired and developed natural resistance to such metals leading to remarkable enhancement of both organic matter and heavy metals removal. PMID:23212207

  3. Biosorption of heavy metals from wastewater by biosolids

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    Orhan, Y.; Bueyuekguengoer, H. [Ondokuz Mayis University, Engineering Faculty, Environmental Engineering Department, 55139 Samsun (Turkey); Hrenovic, J. [University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Rooseveltov trg 6, 10000 Zagreb (Croatia)

    2006-08-15

    In a study where the removal of heavy metals from wastewater is the primary aim, the biosorption of heavy metals onto biosolids prepared as Pseudomonas aeruginosa immobilized onto granular activated carbon was investigated in batch and column systems. In the batch system, adsorption equilibriums of heavy metals were reached between 20 and 50 min, and the optimal dosage of biosolids was 0.3 g/L. The biosorption efficiencies were 84, 80, 79, 59 and 42 % for Cr(VI), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Cd(II) ions, respectively. The rate constants of biosorption and pore diffusion of heavy metals were 0.013-0.089 min{sup -1} and 0.026-0.690 min{sup -0.5}. In the column systems, the biosorption efficiencies for all heavy metals increased up to 81-100 %. The affinity of biosorption for various metal ions towards biosolids was decreased in the order: Cr = Ni > Cu > Zn > Cd. (Abstract Copyright [2006], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  4. Plant transporters involved in heavy metal homeostasis

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    Dorina Podar

    2010-01-01

    Transition metal ions (predominately manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper and zinc) havean array of catalytic and regulatory roles in the growth and development of all living organisms.However, an excess of these metal ions can also be toxic to any life form and therefore every cell andwhole organism needs to maintain the concentration of these essential nutrient metals within a narrowrange: a process known as metal homeostasis. Heavy metal ions are taken up into cells by selectivetranspor...

  5. Evaluación de la eficiencia de una batería de filtros empacados en zeolita en la remoción de metales pesados presentes en un licor mixto bajo condiciones de laboratorio Evaluation of efficiency of a filter battery packaging zeolite in the removal of heavy metals in a mixed liquor under laboratory conditions

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    Diana Rocío Acevedo Cifuentes

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se muestran resultados de investigación obtenidos en la remoción de los metales pesados, plomo, níquel, cromo, cadmio y mercurio, presentes en una solución compuesta por licor mixto proveniente de la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales de San Fernando y una solución preparada con metales pesados con una concentración conocida, mediante el uso de una batería de filtros empacados en zeolita clinoptilolita. La experimentación se desarrolló bajo condiciones controladas de caudal y pH, a temperatura ambiente. Se encontró que la eficiencia de los filtros bajo las condiciones específicas de diseño es significativamente alta en la remoción de los metales pesados evaluados en la solución acuosa. Se encontró, además, que sin importar el valor de la concentración inicial, se obtuvo una remoción importante en los contaminantes luego de pasar por los filtros con una mayor eficiencia en la remoción del mercurio.This article shows the research results on the removal of five heavy metals (lead, nickel, chromium, cadmium and mercury present in a liquor made of a mixture of wastewater from San Fernando wastewater treatment plant and a solution prepared with known concentrations of heavy metals, using a series of batery filters packed with zeolita clinoptilolita. The experiments were run under controlled conditions of flow and pH, at room temperature. It was found that the removal efficiency was significantly high under the specified design conditions; also, it was found an important removal of the contaminants after passing through the filters, independently of the initial concentration, with the highest observed removal for mercury.

  6. Evaluación de la eficiencia de una batería de filtros empacados en zeolita en la remoción de metales pesados presentes en un licor mixto bajo condiciones de laboratorio / Evaluation of efficiency of a filter battery packaging zeolite in the removal of heavy metals in a mixed liquor under laboratory conditions

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    Diana Rocío, Acevedo Cifuentes; Sandra Milena, Builes Felizzola; Carlos Andrés, Ordóñez Ante; Idalia Jacqueline, López Sánchez.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se muestran resultados de investigación obtenidos en la remoción de los metales pesados, plomo, níquel, cromo, cadmio y mercurio, presentes en una solución compuesta por licor mixto proveniente de la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales de San Fernando y una solución preparada [...] con metales pesados con una concentración conocida, mediante el uso de una batería de filtros empacados en zeolita clinoptilolita. La experimentación se desarrolló bajo condiciones controladas de caudal y pH, a temperatura ambiente. Se encontró que la eficiencia de los filtros bajo las condiciones específicas de diseño es significativamente alta en la remoción de los metales pesados evaluados en la solución acuosa. Se encontró, además, que sin importar el valor de la concentración inicial, se obtuvo una remoción importante en los contaminantes luego de pasar por los filtros con una mayor eficiencia en la remoción del mercurio. Abstract in english This article shows the research results on the removal of five heavy metals (lead, nickel, chromium, cadmium and mercury) present in a liquor made of a mixture of wastewater from San Fernando wastewater treatment plant and a solution prepared with known concentrations of heavy metals, using a series [...] of batery filters packed with zeolita clinoptilolita. The experiments were run under controlled conditions of flow and pH, at room temperature. It was found that the removal efficiency was significantly high under the specified design conditions; also, it was found an important removal of the contaminants after passing through the filters, independently of the initial concentration, with the highest observed removal for mercury.

  7. Study on Biosorption of Heavy Metals by Modified Lignocellulosic Waste

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    Usama Eldemerdash

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Heavy metal laden effluent coming out of various industries is posing a huge pressure on the environment. This in turn, necessitates the development of a noble low cost and efficient technology for the removal of such wastes from industrial effluents. In this particular research, the heavy metal (lead (II biosorption capacity of modified agri-waste (rice husk and sugarcane bagasse has been studied, taking the two biosorbents as abundant and low cost biosorbents with promising potential to remove hazardous heavy metal wastes from effluent streams. In the study, options to enhance metal sorption capacity by chemical and thermal modification of the sorbents have been investigated. Impact of modifier chemicals used include sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, citrc acid, acrylic acid and glutamic acid in case of rice husk and modifiers like Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS, Sodium bicarbonate, Cetyl trimethyl diammonium bromide (CTAB, sodium methylate and urea, in case of sugar cane bagasse in addition to those used with rice husk. Characterization of the sorbents surfaces has been made before and after chemical and thermal modification and after sorption of heavy metals using Fourrier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy (FTIR and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM. Some studies have also been done on mechanism of sorption. In addition impact of concentration of sodium hydroxide and citric acid as effective chemical modifier has been studied. Tests to understand impact of particle size have also been conducted and results for the two biosorbents have been compared.

  8. Heavy metals in municipal solid waste deposits

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    Flyhammar, P.

    1997-12-01

    Extensive use of heavy metals in modern society influences routes followed by fluxes on the surface of the Earth. The changed flow paths may be harmful for the balance of biological systems at different levels, micro-organisms, human beings and whole ecosystems, since the toxicity of heavy metals is determined by their concentrations and chemical forms. Despite the low mobility of heavy metals (Zn, Cu, Pb, Cr, Ni and Cd) in municipal landfills, it was found that extensive transformations of the binding forms of heavy metal take place within the waste mass during the degradation of the waste. These changes appear to be closely related to the development of early diagenetic solid phases, i.e. new secondary solid phases formed in the waste. The heavy metals often constitute a minor part of these phases and the bindings include several forms such as adsorption, complexation, coprecipitation, precipitation, etc. It was also found that the associations between heavy metals and solid phases are dominated by several binding forms to one specific substrate rather than bindings to various solid phases. The mobility of iron and manganese seems to increase during the processes involved in waste degradation due to the solution of oxide/hydroxide phases, while the heavy metals appear to become less mobile due to their binding to organic compounds and sulphides. However, one exception in this case may be nickel. Another aspect of the transformation of heavy metals is the accumulation of pools of heavy metals which can become susceptible to environmental changes, such as oxidation or acidification. However, the risk of increased mobilization caused by lower pH values seem to be limited since municipal solid waste has a large buffer capacity. 66 refs, 9 figs, 3 tabs 66 refs, 9 figs, 3 tabs

  9. Phytoremediation potential of Lemna minor L. for heavy metals.

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    Bokhari, Syeda Huma; Ahmad, Iftikhar; Mahmood-Ul-Hassan, Muhammad; Mohammad, Ashiq

    2016-01-01

    Phytoremediation potential of L. minor for cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), and nickel (Ni) from two different types of effluent in raw form was evaluated in a glass house experiment using hydroponic studies for a period of 31 days. Heavy metals concentration in water and plant sample was analyzed at 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 day. Removal efficiency, metal uptake and bio-concentration factor were also calculated. Effluents were initially analyzed for physical, chemical and microbiological parameters and results indicated that municipal effluent (ME) was highly contaminated in terms of nutrient and organic load than sewage mixed industrial effluent (SMIE). Results confirmed the accumulation of heavy metals within plant and subsequent decrease in the effluents. Removal efficiency was greater than 80% for all metals and maximum removal was observed for nickel (99%) from SMIE. Accumulation and uptake of lead in dry biomass was significantly higher than other metals. Bio-concentration factors were less than 1000 and maximum BCFs were found for copper (558) and lead (523.1) indicated that plant is a moderate accumulator of both metals. Overall, L. minor showed better performance from SMIE and was more effective in extracting lead than other metals. PMID:26114480

  10. Biorreagentes: aplicações na remoção de metais pesados contidos em efluentes líquidos por biossorção/bioflotação / Bioreagents: their use in the removal of heavy metals from liquid streams by biosorption/ bioflotation

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    Bruno Abreu, Calfa; Maurício Leonardo, Torem.

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Esse trabalho tem o objetivo de apresentar uma análise dos principais aspectos sobre o uso de biomassas como biorreagentes na remoção de metais pesados contidos em efluentes líquidos. As vantagens de se utilizarem biossorventes ao invés de sorventes convencionais estão notadamente na relação custo-b [...] enefício inerente a essa tecnologia contemporânea. Algas, bactérias, fungos e materiais biológicos em geral (casca de coco, madeira, turfa, etc.) têm revelado avidez na captura de íons metálicos em ambientes aquosos, sendo que sua ubiqüidade diminui o custo total de sistemas de tratamento. Exemplos de pesquisas e patentes são discutidos, demonstrando o sucesso dessa tecnologia emergente. Abstract in english The objective of this work is to present a review concerning the use of biomass as bioreagents in the removal of heavy metals while treating liquid effluents. The advantages of using these biosorbents instead of conventional sorbents lie on the cost benefit relations inherent in this recent technolo [...] gy. Algae, bacteria, fungi and biological materials (coconut shells, wood, peat etc.) have shown avidity for metal ion uptaking in aqueous environments and their ubiquity decreases the overall treatment system cost. Research and patent examples are discussed, showing the success of this emergent technology.

  11. Biorreagentes: aplicações na remoção de metais pesados contidos em efluentes líquidos por biossorção/bioflotação Bioreagents: their use in the removal of heavy metals from liquid streams by biosorption/ bioflotation

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    Bruno Abreu Calfa

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Esse trabalho tem o objetivo de apresentar uma análise dos principais aspectos sobre o uso de biomassas como biorreagentes na remoção de metais pesados contidos em efluentes líquidos. As vantagens de se utilizarem biossorventes ao invés de sorventes convencionais estão notadamente na relação custo-benefício inerente a essa tecnologia contemporânea. Algas, bactérias, fungos e materiais biológicos em geral (casca de coco, madeira, turfa, etc. têm revelado avidez na captura de íons metálicos em ambientes aquosos, sendo que sua ubiqüidade diminui o custo total de sistemas de tratamento. Exemplos de pesquisas e patentes são discutidos, demonstrando o sucesso dessa tecnologia emergente.The objective of this work is to present a review concerning the use of biomass as bioreagents in the removal of heavy metals while treating liquid effluents. The advantages of using these biosorbents instead of conventional sorbents lie on the cost benefit relations inherent in this recent technology. Algae, bacteria, fungi and biological materials (coconut shells, wood, peat etc. have shown avidity for metal ion uptaking in aqueous environments and their ubiquity decreases the overall treatment system cost. Research and patent examples are discussed, showing the success of this emergent technology.

  12. Quantification of uncertainty in modelled partitioning and removal of heavy metals (Cu, Zn) in a stormwater retention pond and a biofilter

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    Vezzaro, Luca; Eriksson, Eva; Ledin, Anna; Mikkelsen, Peter Steen

    2011-01-01

    Strategies for reduction of micropollutant (MP) discharges from stormwater drainage systems require accurate estimation of the potential MP removal in stormwater treatment systems. However, the high uncertainty commonly affecting stormwater runoff quality modelling also influences stormwater treatment models. This study identified the major sources of uncertainty when estimating the removal of copper and zinc in a retention pond and a biofilter by using a conceptual dynamic mod...

  13. Electrodialytic removal of heavy metals and chloride from municipal solid waste incineration fly ash and air pollution control residue in suspension - test of a new two compartment experimental cell

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    Kirkelund, Gunvor Marie; Magro, Cátia; Guedes, Paula; Jensen, Pernille Erland; Ribeiro, Alexandra B.; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.

    2015-01-01

    Municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) residues such as fly ash and air pollution control (APC) residues are classified as hazardous waste and disposed of, although they contain potential resources. The most problematic elements in MSWI residues are leachable heavy metals and salts. For reuse of MSWI residues in for instance concrete, the aim of remediation should be reduction of the heavy metal leaching, while at the same time keeping the alkaline pH, so the residue can replace cement. In th...

  14. Development of a treatment process for the removal of heavy metals from raw water for drinking water supply using chelating ion exchange resins. Subproject 1. Final report; Entwicklung der Verfahrenstechnik zur Eliminierung von Schwermetallen aus Rohwaessern zur Trinkwassergewinnung mit chelatbildenden Kationenaustauscherharzen zur technischen Reife. Teilprojekt 1. Abschlussbericht

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    Overath, H.; Stetter, D.; Doerdelmann, O.

    2002-07-01

    Chelating cation exchange resins with iminodiacetic acid group (Lewatit TP 207 and Amberlite IRC 748) were tested for the removal of heavy metals in a drinking water treatment plant. The pilot scale filtration experiments were conducted by varying the operating conditions, such as flow rate and feed concentrations. Heavy metal concentrations (nickel, lead, cadmium, zinc) in the feed were adjusted between 20 and 200 {mu}g/L. Different methods for regeneration and conditioning of the resins were developed and investigated. Finally the ion exchange resins were tested according to German health regulations for ion exchangers in drinking water treatment. (orig.)

  15. Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in fauna from wet detention ponds for stormwater runoff

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    Stephansen, Diana; Nielsen, AsbjØrn Haaning

    2012-01-01

    Stormwater detention ponds remove pollutants e.g. heavy metals and nutrients from stormwater runoff. These pollutants accumulate in the pond sediment and thereby become available for bioaccumulation in fauna living in the ponds. In this study the bioaccumulation was investigated by fauna samples from 5 wet detention ponds for analyses of heavy metal contents. Five rural shallow lakes were included in the study to survey the natural occurrence of heavy metals in water-dwelling fauna. Heavy metal concentrations in water-dwelling fauna were generally found higher in wet detention ponds compared to rural shallow lakes.

  16. Biosorption and Metal Removal Through Living Cells.

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    Kotrba, P.; Macková, M.; Fišer, J.; Macek, Tomáš

    Dordrecht : Springer, 2011 - (Kotrba, P.; Macková, M.; Macek, T.), s. 197-233 ISBN 978-94-007-0442-8 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M06030 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M0520 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : heavy metal * bioprecipitation * biotransformation * activated sludge * phytoremediation Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics

  17. Heavy Metal Bviosorbent Based on Silicate Matrix.

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    Dostálek, P.; Debourg, A.; Kuncová, Gabriela; Patzák, M.; Palmi, P.; Marceau, S.

    2000, s. 1. [ Mikroelementy . Liblice (CZ), 05.09.2000-07.09.2000] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4072921 Keywords : heavy metal biosorbent * yeast cells * sol-gel technique Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  18. Toxicity, mechanism and health effects of some heavy metals

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    Jaishankar, Monisha; Tseten, Tenzin; Anbalagan, Naresh; Mathew, Blessy B.; Beeregowda, Krishnamurthy N.

    2014-01-01

    Heavy metal toxicity has proven to be a major threat and there are several health risks associated with it. The toxic effects of these metals, even though they do not have any biological role, remain present in some or the other form harmful for the human body and its proper functioning. They sometimes act as a pseudo element of the body while at certain times they may even interfere with metabolic processes. Few metals, such as aluminium, can be removed through elimination activities, while ...

  19. Heavy metals in MSW incineration fly ashes

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    Ferreira, Celia; Ribeiro, Alexandra B.; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.

    2003-01-01

    Incineration is a common solution for dealing with the increasing amount of municipal solid waste (MSW). During the process, the heavy metals initially present in the waste go through several transformations, ending up in combustion products, such as fly ash. This article deals with some issues related to the combustion of MSW and the formation of fly ash, especially in what concerns heavy metals. Treatment of the flue gas in air pollution control equipment plays an important role and the basic ...

  20. Heavy Metal Poisoning and Cardiovascular Disease

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    Ferns, Gordon A; Alissa, Eman M.

    2011-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an increasing world health problem. Traditional risk factors fail to account for all deaths from CVD. It is mainly the environmental, dietary and lifestyle behavioral factors that are the control keys in the progress of this disease. The potential association between chronic heavy metal exposure, like arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury, and CVD has been less well defined. The mechanism through which heavy metals act to increase cardiovascular risk factors may act ...

  1. Heavy metals in equine biological components

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    Maria Verônica de, Souza; Maurício Paulo Ferreira, Fontes; Raphael Bragança Alves, Fernandes.

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research was to determine the concentration of heavy metals in the blood (Pb, Ni and Cd), serum (Cu and Zn) and hair (Pb, Ni, Cd, Cu and Zn) of horses raised in non-industrial and industrial areas (with steel mill), and to verify the possibility to use these data as indicators [...] of environmental pollution. The samples were collected during summer and winter, aiming to verify animal contamination related to environment and season of the year. Copper and Zn contents determined in the serum and Cd and Ni contents obtained in the blood indicated no contamination effects of industries. For some animals, contents of Pb in the blood were higher than those considered acceptable for the species, but without relationship with industrialization and without clinical signs of Pb intoxication. The heavy metals evaluated on the hair of horses in this study were not increased with the presence of industries, but Cu and Cd contents were influenced by the season. The contents of some heavy metals in biological components analyzed were influenced by season sampling; however, serum, blood and hair may not be suitable to indicate differences in environmental contamination between the two contrasting areas. Most part of the heavy metal contents was lower or close to the reference values for horses. Serum, blood and hair components from horses may not be effective as indicators of environmental pollution with heavy metals. Industrialization and seasons have no effects on most part of heavy metals contents from those components.

  2. Quantification of uncertainty in modelled partitioning and removal of heavy metals (Cu, Zn) in a stormwater retention pond and a biofilter

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    Vezzaro, Luca; Eriksson, Eva

    2012-01-01

    Strategies for reduction of micropollutant (MP) discharges from stormwater drainage systems require accurate estimation of the potential MP removal in stormwater treatment systems. However, the high uncertainty commonly affecting stormwater runoff quality modelling also influences stormwater treatment models. This study identified the major sources of uncertainty when estimating the removal of copper and zinc in a retention pond and a biofilter by using a conceptual dynamic model which estimates MP partitioning between the dissolved and particulate phases as well as environmental fate based on substance-inherent properties. The two systems differ in their main removal processes (settling and filtration/sorption, respectively) and in the time resolution of the available measurements (composite samples and pollutographs). The most sensitive model factors, identified by using Global Sensitivity Analysis (GSA), were related to the physical characteristics of the simulated systems (flow and water losses) and to the fate processes related to Total Suspended Solids (TSS). The model prediction bounds were estimated by using the Generalized Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE) technique. Composite samples and pollutographs produced similar prediction bounds for the pond and the biofilter, suggesting a limited influence of the temporal resolution of samples on the model prediction bounds. GLUE highlighted model structural uncertainty when modelling the biofilter, due to disregard of plant-driven evapotranspiration, underestimation of sorption and neglect of oversaturation with respect to minerals/salts. The results of this study however illustrate the potential for the application of conceptual dynamic fate models base on substanceinherent properties, in combination with available datasets and statistical methods, to estimate the MP removal in different stormwater treatment systems and compare with environmental quality standards targeting the dissolved MP fraction.

  3. Plant transporters involved in heavy metal homeostasis

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    Dorina Podar

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Transition metal ions (predominately manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper and zinc havean array of catalytic and regulatory roles in the growth and development of all living organisms.However, an excess of these metal ions can also be toxic to any life form and therefore every cell andwhole organism needs to maintain the concentration of these essential nutrient metals within a narrowrange: a process known as metal homeostasis. Heavy metal ions are taken up into cells by selectivetransporters and as they cannot be degraded, the “desired” levels of metal ions are achieved by anumber of strategies that involve: chelation, sequestration and export out of the cell. Cation DiffusionFacilitators (CDF is a large family of transporters involved in maintaining the cytosolic metalconcentration. They transport different heavy metal divalent ions, but exhibit main affinity for zinc, ironand manganese. Metal Tolerance Proteins (MTPs are a subfamily of the Cation Diffusion Facilitator (CDFfamily found in plants. There has been much interest in these heavy metal transporters in order toprovide an insight into plant metal homeostasis, which has significant implications in human health andphytoremediation. Although data regarding the CDFs/MTPs mechanism is gathering there is still littleinformation with respect to metal selectivity determinants.

  4. Metal biosorption – flotation : Application to cadmium removal

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    2009-01-01

    Biosorption, using suspended non-living biomass, and ßotation (for consequent solid/liquid separation of the metal-loaded biomass) have been studied in the laboratory as a possible combined process, for the removal of toxic metals (i.e. cadmium) from dilute aqueous solutions. The various parameters of the process were investigated in depth, including re-use of biosorbent. A Þlter aid (contained in the biomass industrial waste used) was found not really to interfere.Z-potential measurements of...

  5. The removal of actinide metals from solution

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    A process is specified for removing actinide metals (e.g. uranium) from solutions. The solution is contacted with a substrate comprising the product obtained by reacting an inorganic solid containing surface hydroxyl groups (e.g. silica gel) with a compound containing a silane grouping, a nitrogen-containing group (e.g. an amine) and other specified radicals. After treatment, the actinide metal is recovered from the substrate. (U.K.)

  6. Plant-derived biosorbents for metal removal

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    Dean, Sonia A.

    1999-01-01

    The bio sorption capacities of milled peat and a marine biomass, Laminaria digitata (a species of kelp), were investigated for removal of metal ions from solution and for the treatment of industrial wastewaters Because industrial solutions generally contain a mixture of more than one component, mixed metal solutions were also investigated. In particular, adsorption of cationic Cr(III) and anionic Cr(VI) was studied as these two species often occur together in wastewater. Peat and kelp ads...

  7. Surfactant biocatalyst for remediation of recalcitrant organics and heavy metals

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    Brigmon, Robin L. (North Augusta, SC); Story, Sandra (Greenville, SC); Altman, Denis J. (Evans, GA); Berry, Christopher J. (Aiken, SC)

    2011-05-03

    Novel strains of isolated and purified bacteria have been identified which have the ability to degrade petroleum hydrocarbons including a variety of PAHs. Several isolates also exhibit the ability to produce a biosurfactant. The combination of the biosurfactant-producing ability along with the ability to degrade PAHs enhances the efficiency with which PAHs may be degraded. Additionally, the biosurfactant also provides an additional ability to bind heavy metal ions for removal from a soil or aquatic environment.

  8. Effective scavenging heavy metals by organosulfur moieties.

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    Hidasová, Denisa; Šrogl, Ji?í

    2009-01-01

    Ro?. 103, ?. 11 (2009), -. ISSN 0009-2770. [Pokroky v organické, bioorganické a farmaceutické chemii /44./. 27.11.2009-29.11.2009, Liblice] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : metal -thiol interaction * benzoisothiazolidinones * heavy metal s scavenging Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry

  9. ACTINOMYCETES: TOLERANCE AGAINST HEAVY METALS AND ANTIBIOTICS

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    Smriti Singh, Shruti Pandey and Hotam Singh Chaudhary*

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Heavy metals can be both, essential as well as toxic for living beings. Micronutrients such as, Co, Fe, Mn have important role to play in living systems whereas, Pb Cd etc. pose harmful effects even at low concentrations. When these heavy metals get accumulated within the tissues of the organisms at various levels of the ecological chain, they cause decrease in the biomass and biological diversity by affecting the growth, morphology and activity of the organisms. Accumulation of heavy metals in soil also causes soil contamination, which can be overcome with the help of bioremediation. A large group of soil bacteria belonging to the Actinomycetes species are exposed to heavy metals in a variety of ways; although, they show resistance to heavy metals. The species of actinomycetes possess resistance for antibiotic synthesis as well. This makes the actinomycetes suitable agents for bioremediation. In this experiment, a total of 20 isolates from Shivpuri region of Madhya Pradesh were tested for the metal tolerance against selected heavy metals. After this, the most tolerant strains were tested to check their antibiotic susceptibility. Metal tolerance was tested by agar well diffusion method and tube dilution method. Out of the 20 isolates, Ash1, Ash 2, Ash 4,Ash 6, Ash 7, Ash 8, Ash 9, Ash 10, Ash 11, Ash 12, Ash 13, Ash 15 were resistant at 10 mM conc. of CuSo4, but their growth was inhibited at higher concentrations of metal salts. Isolates Ash 10, Ash 11, Ash 12, Ash 13, Ash 19, Ash 20 were found to be resistant at 10mM conc. of ZnSO4, but they were also inhibited at higher concentrations. For different concentrations of Pb(CH3COO2 most of the isolates showed same level of tolerance.

  10. Regenerative process for removal of mercury and other heavy metals from gases containing H.sub.2 and/or CO

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    Jadhav, Raja A. (Naperville, IL)

    2009-07-07

    A method for removal of mercury from a gaseous stream containing the mercury, hydrogen and/or CO, and hydrogen sulfide and/or carbonyl sulfide in which a dispersed Cu-containing sorbent is contacted with the gaseous stream at a temperature in the range of about 25.degree. C. to about 300.degree. C. until the sorbent is spent. The spent sorbent is contacted with a desorbing gaseous stream at a temperature equal to or higher than the temperature at which the mercury adsorption is carried out, producing a regenerated sorbent and an exhaust gas comprising released mercury. The released mercury in the exhaust gas is captured using a high-capacity sorbent, such as sulfur-impregnated activated carbon, at a temperature less than about 100.degree. C. The regenerated sorbent may then be used to capture additional mercury from the mercury-containing gaseous stream.

  11. Remoção de metais pesados de efluentes aquosos pela zeólita natural escolecita - influência da temperatura e do pH na adsorção em sistemas monoelementares / Heavy metals removal from wastewater by the natural zeolite scolecite - temperature and pH influence in single-metal solutions

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    Ricardo Sarti, Jimenez; Sandra Maria, Dal Bosco; Wagner Alves, Carvalho.

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Cation exchange capabilities of a Brazilian natural zeolite, identified as scolecite, were evaluated for application in wastewater control. We investigated the process of sorption of chromium(III), nickel(II), cadmium(II) and manganese(II) in synthetic aqueous effluents, including adsorption isother [...] ms of single-metal solutions. The natural zeolite showed the ability to take up the tested heavy metals in the order Cr(III) > Cd(II) > Ni(II) > Mn(II), and this could be related to the valence and the hydration radius of the metal cations. The influence of temperature (25, 40 and 60 ºC) and initial pH value (from 4 to 6) was also evaluated. It was found that the adsorption increased substantially when the temperature was raised to 60 ºC and that maximum adsorption capacity was observed at pH 6. These results demonstrate that scolecite can be used for removal of heavy metals from aqueous effluents, under optimized conditions.

  12. Remoção de metais pesados de efluentes aquosos pela zeólita natural escolecita - influência da temperatura e do pH na adsorção em sistemas monoelementares Heavy metals removal from wastewater by the natural zeolite scolecite - temperature and pH influence in single-metal solutions

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    Ricardo Sarti Jimenez

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Cation exchange capabilities of a Brazilian natural zeolite, identified as scolecite, were evaluated for application in wastewater control. We investigated the process of sorption of chromium(III, nickel(II, cadmium(II and manganese(II in synthetic aqueous effluents, including adsorption isotherms of single-metal solutions. The natural zeolite showed the ability to take up the tested heavy metals in the order Cr(III > Cd(II > Ni(II > Mn(II, and this could be related to the valence and the hydration radius of the metal cations. The influence of temperature (25, 40 and 60 ºC and initial pH value (from 4 to 6 was also evaluated. It was found that the adsorption increased substantially when the temperature was raised to 60 ºC and that maximum adsorption capacity was observed at pH 6. These results demonstrate that scolecite can be used for removal of heavy metals from aqueous effluents, under optimized conditions.

  13. Applications of autometallography to heavy metal toxicology

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    Danscher, G

    1991-01-01

    Application of autometallography (AMG) to histological material from humans and animals exposed to gold, silver and mercury has made it possible to localize these heavy metals at light and electron microscopic levels. Because of high sensitivity of the technique, traces of the three metals have been demonstrated in tissues and cells that had previously not been suspected of containing metals. A chelatable pool of zinc in the synaptic vesicles of the zinc-positive neurones can be demonstrated by ...

  14. Preparation of silica-supported porous sorbent for heavy metal ions removal in wastewater treatment by organic-inorganic hybridization combined with sucrose and polyethylene glycol imprinting

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    A new porous sorbent for wastewater treatment of metal ions was synthesized by covalent grafting of molecularly imprinted organic-inorganic hybrid on silica gel. With sucrose and polyethylene glycol 4000 (PEG 4000) being synergic imprinting molecules, covalent surface coating on silica gel was achieved by using polysaccharide-incorporated sol-gel process starting from the functional biopolymer, chitosan and an inorganic epoxy-precursor, gamma-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysiloxane (GPTMS) at room temperature. The prepared porous sorbent was characterized by using simultaneous thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimeter (TG/DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nitrogen adsorption porosimetry measurement and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Copper ion, Cu2+, was chosen as the model metal ion to evaluate the effectiveness of the new biosorbent in wastewater treatment. The influence of epoxy-siloxane dose, buffer pH and co-existed ions on Cu2+ adsorption was assessed through batch experiments. The imprinted composite sorbent offered a fast kinetics for the adsorption of Cu2+. The uptake capacity of the sorbent imprinted by two pore-building components was higher than those imprinted with only a single component. The dynamic adsorption in column underwent a good elimination of Cu2+ in treating electric plating wastewater. The prepared composite sorbent exhibited high reusability. Easy preparation of the described porous composite sorbent, absence of organic solvents, cost-effectiveness and high stability make this approach attractive in biosorption

  15. Preparation of silica-supported porous sorbent for heavy metal ions removal in wastewater treatment by organic-inorganic hybridization combined with sucrose and polyethylene glycol imprinting.

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    Li, Feng; Du, Ping; Chen, Wei; Zhang, Shusheng

    2007-03-01

    A new porous sorbent for wastewater treatment of metal ions was synthesized by covalent grafting of molecularly imprinted organic-inorganic hybrid on silica gel. With sucrose and polyethylene glycol 4000 (PEG 4000) being synergic imprinting molecules, covalent surface coating on silica gel was achieved by using polysaccharide-incorporated sol-gel process starting from the functional biopolymer, chitosan and an inorganic epoxy-precursor, gamma-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysiloxane (GPTMS) at room temperature. The prepared porous sorbent was characterized by using simultaneous thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimeter (TG/DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nitrogen adsorption porosimetry measurement and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Copper ion, Cu(2+), was chosen as the model metal ion to evaluate the effectiveness of the new biosorbent in wastewater treatment. The influence of epoxy-siloxane dose, buffer pH and co-existed ions on Cu(2+) adsorption was assessed through batch experiments. The imprinted composite sorbent offered a fast kinetics for the adsorption of Cu(2+). The uptake capacity of the sorbent imprinted by two pore-building components was higher than those imprinted with only a single component. The dynamic adsorption in column underwent a good elimination of Cu(2+) in treating electric plating wastewater. The prepared composite sorbent exhibited high reusability. Easy preparation of the described porous composite sorbent, absence of organic solvents, cost-effectiveness and high stability make this approach attractive in biosorption. PMID:17386667

  16. Preparation of silica-supported porous sorbent for heavy metal ions removal in wastewater treatment by organic-inorganic hybridization combined with sucrose and polyethylene glycol imprinting

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    Li Feng [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Du Ping [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Chen Wei [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Zhang Shusheng [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China)]. E-mail: shushzhang@qust.edu.cn

    2007-03-07

    A new porous sorbent for wastewater treatment of metal ions was synthesized by covalent grafting of molecularly imprinted organic-inorganic hybrid on silica gel. With sucrose and polyethylene glycol 4000 (PEG 4000) being synergic imprinting molecules, covalent surface coating on silica gel was achieved by using polysaccharide-incorporated sol-gel process starting from the functional biopolymer, chitosan and an inorganic epoxy-precursor, gamma-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysiloxane (GPTMS) at room temperature. The prepared porous sorbent was characterized by using simultaneous thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimeter (TG/DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nitrogen adsorption porosimetry measurement and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Copper ion, Cu{sup 2+}, was chosen as the model metal ion to evaluate the effectiveness of the new biosorbent in wastewater treatment. The influence of epoxy-siloxane dose, buffer pH and co-existed ions on Cu{sup 2+} adsorption was assessed through batch experiments. The imprinted composite sorbent offered a fast kinetics for the adsorption of Cu{sup 2+}. The uptake capacity of the sorbent imprinted by two pore-building components was higher than those imprinted with only a single component. The dynamic adsorption in column underwent a good elimination of Cu{sup 2+} in treating electric plating wastewater. The prepared composite sorbent exhibited high reusability. Easy preparation of the described porous composite sorbent, absence of organic solvents, cost-effectiveness and high stability make this approach attractive in biosorption.

  17. Biomass-derived materials in the remediation of heavy-metal contaminated water: removal of Cadmium(II) and copper(II) from aqueous solutions.

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    Tiwari, Diwakar; Lee, Seung Mok

    2011-09-01

    Manganese-coated activated carbon (MCAC) and activated carbon were used in batch experiments for the removal of cadmium(II) and copper(II). Results showed that uptake of Cd(II) and Cu(II) was unaffected by increases in pH (3.0 to 8.5) or concentration (1 to 20 mg/L). Increased ionic strength (from 0.001 to 1 M NaNO3), however, significantly affected the uptake of Cd(II); adsorption of Cu(II) was not affected. Freundlich adsorption isotherm results indicated that MCAC possessed higher sorption capacity than activated carbon. Second-order rate constants were found to be 0.0386 for activated carbon and 0.0633 g/mg x min for MCAC for Cd(II) and 0.0774 for AC and 0.1223 g/mg x min for MCAC for Cu(II). Column experiments showed that maximum sorption capacity of MCAC was 39.48 mg/g for Cu(II) and 12.21 mg/g for Cd(II). PMID:22073735

  18. Selective accumulation of heavy metals by microorganisms

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    An investigation of the removal and recovery of uranium from aqueous systems using microbial biomass has been described previously (Nakajima et al. 1982). To establish which microorganisms accumulate the most uranium, we extended our investigation of uranium uptake to 83 species of microorganisms, 32 bacteria, 15 yeasts, 16 fungi and 20 actinomycetes. Of these 83 species of microorganisms tested, extremely high uranium-absorbing ability was found in Pseudomonas stutzeri, Neurospora sitophila, Streptomyces albus and Streptomyces viridochromogenes. The selective accumulation of heavy metal ions by various microorganisms has also been examined. Uranyl, mercury and lead ions were readily accumulated by almost all the species of microorganisms tested. Actinomycetes and fungi differ from many bacteria and most yeasts in their selective accumulation of uranium and mercury. In addition to this fundamental research, uranium recovery was investigated in immobilized Streptomyces albus, a microorganism with high uranium-uptake ability. These immobilized cells adsorbed uranium readily and selectively. The immobilized cells recovered uranium almost quantitatively and almost all uranium absorbed was desorbed with 0.1 M Na2CO3. The dry weight of the free cells decreased by 50% during 5 adsorption-desorption cycles. However, the dry weight of the immobilized cells decreased by only 2% during 5 cycles. These results showed that microbial cells are more stable after immobilization and can be used repeatedly for the process of uranium adsorption-desorption. (orig.)

  19. Removal of gadolinium nitrate from heavy water

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    Wilde, E.W.

    2000-03-22

    Work was conducted to develop a cost-effective process to purify 181 55-gallon drums containing spent heavy water moderator (D2O) contaminated with high concentrations of gadolinium nitrate, a chemical used as a neutron poison during former nuclear reactor operations at the Savannah River Site (SRS). These drums also contain low level radioactive contamination, including tritium, which complicates treatment options. Presently, the drums of degraded moderator are being stored on site. It was suggested that a process utilizing biological mechanisms could potentially lower the total cost of heavy water purification by allowing the use of smaller equipment with less product loss and a reduction in the quantity of secondary waste materials produced by the current baseline process (ion exchange).

  20. Recovery of heavy metals from contaminated groundwaters using immobilized algae

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    A biosorption process has been developed for removing toxic metal ions from water and is based upon the natural, strong affinity of biological materials, such as the cell walls of plants and microorganisms, for heavy metal ions. Non-living algae have been immobilized in a polymer to produce a open-quotes biologicalclose quotes ion exchange resin, AlgaSORB reg-sign. The material is selective for heavy metal ions (over calcium and magnesium), functions well with solutions with high dissolved solid content and is capable of removing metal ions to ppB levels. The process has been demonstrated to be effective for mercury and uranium removal from contaminated groundwaters from US Department of Energy sites at Hanford, Oak Ridge and Savannah River. Groundwaters from Hanford, initially with uranium at concentrations of 160 ug/L, were treated by passage through columns containing AlgaSORB reg-sign, and effluents showed uranium concentrations to be below 10 ug/L levels. Likewise, mercury-contaminated groundwaters from Oak Ridge and Savannah River, initially with mercury concentrations of 30 ug/L and 10 ug/L, respectively were treated so that effluents contained mercury at concentrations less than 2.0 ug/L

  1. BIOSORPTION AND RECOVERY OF HEAVY METALS FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS BY EICHHORNIA CRASSIPES (WATER HYACINTH) ASH

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    Tariq Mahmood; Salman Akbar Malik; Syed Tajammul Hussain

    2010-01-01

    Heavy metal’s release without treatment poses a significant threat to the environment. Heavy metals are non-biodegradable and persistent. In the present study the ash of water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), was used to remove six metals from aqueous solutions through biosorption. Results of batch and column experiments showed excellent adsorption capacity. Removal of lead, chromium, zinc, cadmium, copper, and nickel was 29.83, 1.263, 1.575, 3.323, 2.984 and 1.978 µgg-1, respectively. The bi...

  2. Heavy metal hazards of Nigerian herbal remedies

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    Obi, E. [Toxicology Unit, Department of Pharmacology, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi (Nigeria); Akunyili, Dora N. [National Agency of Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Lagos (Nigeria); Ekpo, B. [Department of Biochemistry, College of Medical Sciences, Abia State University, Uturu (Nigeria); Orisakwe, Orish E. [Toxicology Unit, Department of Pharmacology, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi (Nigeria)]. E-mail: eorish@yahoo.com

    2006-10-01

    The uses of herbal products are not regulated in Nigeria and in many low-income countries and are freely available to everyone. The safety of these herbal medicines is poorly understood. This study characterizes the content of cadmium, copper, iron, nickel, selenium, zinc, lead and mercury in a random sample of Nigerian traditional products. Ready-to-use herbal products were purchased from the open market and digested using HNO{sub 3}.The heavy metal content of the digested filtrate was determined by atomic absorption spectrometry Uni-cam Model 929. The result showed that 100% of the samples contained elevated amounts of heavy metals. These data alert us to the possibility of heavy metal toxicity from herbal products in Nigeria. The public health hazards from ingestion of herbal medicines should be identified and disclosed by in-depth risk assessment studies.

  3. Heavy metal hazards of Nigerian herbal remedies

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    The uses of herbal products are not regulated in Nigeria and in many low-income countries and are freely available to everyone. The safety of these herbal medicines is poorly understood. This study characterizes the content of cadmium, copper, iron, nickel, selenium, zinc, lead and mercury in a random sample of Nigerian traditional products. Ready-to-use herbal products were purchased from the open market and digested using HNO3.The heavy metal content of the digested filtrate was determined by atomic absorption spectrometry Uni-cam Model 929. The result showed that 100% of the samples contained elevated amounts of heavy metals. These data alert us to the possibility of heavy metal toxicity from herbal products in Nigeria. The public health hazards from ingestion of herbal medicines should be identified and disclosed by in-depth risk assessment studies

  4. Biosorption of heavy metals and uranium by starfish and Pseudomonas putida

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    Biosorption of heavy metals and uranium from contaminated wastewaters may represent an innovative purification process. This study investigates the removal ability of unit mass of Pseudomonas putida and starfish for lead, cadmium, and uranium by quantifying the adsorption capacity. The adsorption of heavy metals and uranium by the samples was influenced by pH, and increased with increasing Pb, Cd, and U concentrations. Dead cells adsorbed the largest quantity of all heavy metals than live cells and starfish. The adsorption capacity followed the order: U(VI) > Pb > Cd. The results also suggest that bacterial membrane cells can be used successfully in the treatment of high strength metal-contaminated wastewaters

  5. Biosorption of heavy metals and uranium by starfish and Pseudomonas putida

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    Choi, Jaeyoung [Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Gangneung Institute, Gangneung 210-340 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: jchoi@kist.re.kr; Lee, Ju Young; Yang, Jung-Seok [Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Gangneung Institute, Gangneung 210-340 (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-01-15

    Biosorption of heavy metals and uranium from contaminated wastewaters may represent an innovative purification process. This study investigates the removal ability of unit mass of Pseudomonas putida and starfish for lead, cadmium, and uranium by quantifying the adsorption capacity. The adsorption of heavy metals and uranium by the samples was influenced by pH, and increased with increasing Pb, Cd, and U concentrations. Dead cells adsorbed the largest quantity of all heavy metals than live cells and starfish. The adsorption capacity followed the order: U(VI) > Pb > Cd. The results also suggest that bacterial membrane cells can be used successfully in the treatment of high strength metal-contaminated wastewaters.

  6. Mushrooms pollution by radioactivity and heavy metals

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    Some basic notions of radioactivity are recalled first (definition, origin, measurement units, long- and short-term effects..). Then, the pedology of soils and the properties and toxicity of 3 heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury) are presented to better understand the influence of some factors (genre, age, ecological type, pollution, conservation..) on the contamination of macro-mycetes by radioactivity and heavy metals. The role of chemists is to inform the consumers about these chemical and radioactive pollutions and to give some advices about the picking up (quantities, species and places to avoid) and the cooking of mushrooms. (J.S.)

  7. Process for removing technetium from iron and other metals

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    Leitnaker, James M. (Kingston, TN); Trowbridge, Lee D. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1999-01-01

    A process for removing technetium from iron and other metals comprises the steps of converting the molten, alloyed technetium to a sulfide dissolved in manganese sulfide, and removing the sulfide from the molten metal as a slag.

  8. Heavy metal stress and some mechanisms of plant defense response.

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    Emamverdian, Abolghassem; Ding, Yulong; Mokhberdoran, Farzad; Xie, Yinfeng

    2015-01-01

    Unprecedented bioaccumulation and biomagnification of heavy metals (HMs) in the environment have become a dilemma for all living organisms including plants. HMs at toxic levels have the capability to interact with several vital cellular biomolecules such as nuclear proteins and DNA, leading to excessive augmentation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). This would inflict serious morphological, metabolic, and physiological anomalies in plants ranging from chlorosis of shoot to lipid peroxidation and protein degradation. In response, plants are equipped with a repertoire of mechanisms to counteract heavy metal (HM) toxicity. The key elements of these are chelating metals by forming phytochelatins (PCs) or metallothioneins (MTs) metal complex at the intra- and intercellular level, which is followed by the removal of HM ions from sensitive sites or vacuolar sequestration of ligand-metal complex. Nonenzymatically synthesized compounds such as proline (Pro) are able to strengthen metal-detoxification capacity of intracellular antioxidant enzymes. Another important additive component of plant defense system is symbiotic association with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. AM can effectively immobilize HMs and reduce their uptake by host plants via binding metal ions to hyphal cell wall and excreting several extracellular biomolecules. Additionally, AM fungi can enhance activities of antioxidant defense machinery of plants. PMID:25688377

  9. Toxicity, mechanism and health effects of some heavy metals

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Heavy metal toxicity has proven to be a major threat and there are several health risks associated with it. The toxic effects of these metals, even though they do not have any biological role, remain present in some or the other form harmful for the human body and its proper functioning. They sometimes act as a pseudo element of the body while at certain times they may even interfere with metabolic processes. Few metals, such as aluminium, can be removed through elimination activities, while some metals get accumulated in the body and food chain, exhibiting a chronic nature. Various public health measures have been undertaken to control, prevent and treat metal toxicity occurring at various levels, such as occupational exposure, accidents and environmental factors. Metal toxicity depends upon the absorbed dose, the route of exposure and duration of exposure, i.e. acute or chronic. This can lead to various disorders and can also result in excessive damage due to oxidative stress induced by free radical formation. This review gives details about some heavy metals and their toxicity mechanisms, along with their health effects

  10. Determination of heavy metals in sediments

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    This work is an approach to study the determination of heavy metals in sediments. It analyzer the different ways by means of which heavy metals are introduced into the river sediments, as well as their toxicity in the total concentration and in each of the species of the system. This study presents the main operation methods in sediments. One of the most relevant and suitable method to identify the way in which metals are joined in the different stages (phases) of sediments is the sequential extraction proposed by the MS and T from the Buorean of Certified Reference (European Community). Its also discussed the possible ways to determine if the presence of metals is caused by the anthropogenic action or by lithogenic cause

  11. Heavy metal pollutant tolerance of Azolla pinnata

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    Sarkar, A.; Jana, S.

    1986-01-01

    The effects of Hg, As, Pb, Cu, Cd, and Cr (1,2 and 5 mg L/sup -1/ each) on Azolla pinnata R. Br. were analyzed. The treatments (2 and 5 mg L/sup -1/) of the heavy metal pollutants decreased Hill activity, chlorophyll, protein and dry wt, and increased tissue permeability over control values. The effects were most pronounced with the treatment of 5 mg L/sup -1/. The harmful effects of the metals were, in general, found by the treatments in the order: Cd > Hg > Cu > As > Pb > Cr. There was no significant change in these parameters at 1 mg L/sup -1/ of the metals over control. Thus Azolla pinnata shows tolerance to the heavy metals tested up to 1 mg L/sup -1/ each.

  12. Separation processes: Heavy metals, ions and minerals

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    This volume contains the proceedings of a symposium which was held February 12--16, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The symposium was sponsored by EPD Aqueous Processing Committee, EPD Precious Metals Committee, and jointly by EPD/LMD Recycling Committee. The purpose of this meeting was to provide a forum for exchange of state-of-the-art information on the separation processes for heavy metals, ions, and minerals. Individual papers have been processed separately for inclusion in the appropriate data bases

  13. Irradiation of Liquid Fungi Isolated Media from Contaminated Sources with Heavy Metals Additive

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    Occupational lead exposure is an important health issue in Egyptian workers, employees of paint factories, workers of copying centres, drivers, and tile making factories are in higher risk of lead toxicity. Wastewater, particularly from electroplating, paint, leather, metal and tanning industries, contain enormous amount of heavy metals. Microorganisms including fungi have been reported to exclude heavy metals from wastewater through bioaccumulation and bio sorption at low cost and in eco-friendly way. Low level lead exposure can significantly induce motor dis functions and cognitive impairment in children. Seventy six fungal isolates tolerant to heavy metals like Pb, Cd, Cr and Ni were isolated from sewage, sludge and industrial effluents containing heavy metals. Four fungi (Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Aspergillus awamori, Aspergillus flavus, Trichoderma viride) were included in this study. The majority of the fungal isolates were able to tolerate up to 400 ppm concentration of Pb, Cd, Cr and Ni. The most heavy metal tolerant fungi were studied for removal of heavy metals from liquid media at 50 ppm concentration. Results indicated removal of substantial amount of heavy metals by some of the fungi with respect to Pb, Cd, Cr and Ni with maximum uptake of 59.67, 16.25, 0.55 and 0.55 mg/g by fungi Pb3 (Aspergillus terreus), Trichoderma viride, Cr8 (Trichoderma longibrachiatum), and isolate Ni27 (A. niger), respectively. This indicated the potential of these fungi as bio sorbent for removal of heavy metals from wastewater and industrial effluents containing higher concentration of heavy metals. The F-ratio was 0.55 and gives non-significant as irradiated

  14. Some Case Studies on Metal-Microbe Interactions to Remediate Heavy Metals- Contaminated Soils in Korea

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    Chon, Hyo-Taek

    2015-04-01

    Conventional physicochemical technologies to remediate heavy metals-contaminated soil have many problems such as low efficiency, high cost and occurrence of byproducts. Recently bioremediation technology is getting more and more attention. Bioremediation is defined as the use of biological methods to remediate and/or restore the contaminated land. The objectives of bioremediation are to degrade hazardous organic contaminants and to convert hazardous inorganic contaminants to less toxic compounds of safe levels. The use of bioremediation in the treatment of heavy metals in soils is a relatively new concept. Bioremediation using microbes has been developed to remove toxic heavy metals from contaminated soils in laboratory scale to the contaminated field sites. Recently the application of cost-effective and environment-friendly bioremediation technology to the heavy metals-contaminated sites has been gradually realized in Korea. The merits of bioremediation include low cost, natural process, minimal exposure to the contaminants, and minimum amount of equipment. The limitations of bioremediation are length of remediation, long monitoring time, and, sometimes, toxicity of byproducts for especially organic contaminants. From now on, it is necessary to prove applicability of the technologies to contaminated sites and to establish highly effective, low-cost and easy bioremediation technology. Four categories of metal-microbe interactions are generally biosorption, bioreduction, biomineralization and bioleaching. In this paper, some case studies of the above metal-microbe interactions in author's lab which were published recently in domestic and international journals will be introduced and summarized.

  15. Removal of Metallic Iron on Oxide Slags

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    Shannon, George N.; Fruehan, R. J.; Sridhar, Seetharaman

    2009-10-01

    It is possible, in some cases, for ground coal particles to react with gasifier gas during combustion, allowing the ash material in the coal to form phases besides the expected slag phase. One of these phases is metallic iron, because some gasifiers are designed to operate under a reducing atmosphere ({p_{O2}} of approximately 10-4 atm). Metallic iron can become entrained in the gas stream and deposit on, and foul, downstream equipment. To improve the understanding of the reaction between different metallic iron particles and gas, which eventually oxidizes them, and the slag that the resulting oxide dissolves in, the kinetics of iron reaction on slag were predicted using gas-phase mass-transfer limitations for the reaction and were compared with diffusion in the slag; the reaction itself was observed under confocal scanning laser microscopy. The expected rates for iron droplet removal are provided based on the size and effective partial pressure of oxygen, and it is found that decarburization occurs before iron reaction, leading to an extra 30- to 100-second delay for carbon-saturated particles vs pure iron particles. A pure metallic iron particle of 0.5 mg should be removed in about 220 seconds at 1400 °C and in 160 seconds at 1600 °C.

  16. Microwave enhanced stabilization of heavy metal sludge

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    A microwave process can be utilized to stabilize the copper ions in heavy metal sludge. The effects of microwave processing on stabilization of heavy metal sludge were studied as a function of additive, power, process time, reaction atmosphere, cooling gas, organic substance, and temperature. Copper leach resistance increased with addition of aluminum metal powder, with increased microwave power, increased processing time, and using a gaseous environment of nitrogen for processing and air for cooling [N2/air]. The organic in the sludge affected stabilization, whether or not the organic smoldered. During heating in conventional ovens, exothermic oxidation of the organic resulted in sludge temperatures of about 500 deg. C for oven control temperatures of 200-500 deg. C. After microwave heating dried the sludge, the sludge temperature rose to 500 deg. C. The reaction between copper ions and metal aluminum in the dried sludge should be regarded as a solid phase reaction. Adding aluminum metal powder and reaction temperature were the key parameters in stabilizing copper in the heavy metal sludge, whether heated by microwave radiation or conventional oven. The mass balance indicates insignificant volatization of the copper during heating

  17. Effects of remediation train sequence on decontamination of heavy metal-contaminated soil containing mercury.

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    Hseu, Zeng-Yei; Huang, Yu-Tuan; Hsi, Hsing-Cheng

    2014-09-01

    When a contaminated site contains pollutants including both nonvolatile metals and Hg, one single remediation technology may not satisfactorily remove all contaminants. Therefore, in this study, chemical extraction and thermal treatment were combined as a remediation train to remove heavy metals, including Hg, from contaminated soil. A 0.2 M solution of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) was shown to be the most effective reagent for extraction of considerable amounts of Cu, Pb, and Zn (> 50%). Hg removal was ineffective using 0.2 M EDTA, but thermogravimetric analysis suggested that heating to 550 degrees C with a heating rate of 5 degrees C/min for a duration of 1 hr appeared to be an effective approach for Hg removal. With the employment of thermal treatment, up to 99% of Hg could be removed. However executing thermal treatment prior to chemical extraction reduced the effectiveness of the subsequent EDTA extraction because nonvolatile heavy metals were immobilized in soil aggregates after the 550 degrees C treatment. The remediation train of chemical extraction followed by thermal treatment appears to remediate soils that have been contaminated by many nonvolatile heavy metals and Hg. Implications: A remediation train conjoining two or more techniques has been initialized to remove multiple metals. Better understandings of the impacts of treatment sequences, namely, which technique should be employed first on the soil properties and the decontamination efficiency, are in high demand. This study provides a strategy to remove multiple heavy metals including Hg from a contaminated soil. The interactions between thermal treatment and chemical extraction on repartitioning of heavy metals was revealed. The obtained results could offer an integrating strategy to remediate the soil contaminated with both heavy metals and volatile contaminants. PMID:25282998

  18. Heavy metal removel from minewaters by alkaline waste products

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    Maximovich, N. G.; Khayrulina, E. A.

    2009-04-01

    One of the serious environmental problems of the Western Urals area (Russia) is the consequence of the cessation of mining in the Kizel Coal Basin. After mine closure, acid mine waters (pH about 3) with excessive heavy metal contents began to pollute ground surface and rivers. The methodology of neutralization of acid mine water and heavy metal removal by alkaline waste products is discussed in the paper. Waste products are non-toxic and consist of 70-80% of calcite. As a result of neutralization, the sediment becomes a mixture of iron and gypsum hydroxide and carbonate calcium with neutral pH. Mobile forms of Fe, Al, Mn, Pb and others were not revealed. The pilot field experiment showed the prospect and low cost of this technology.

  19. Erratum - Intracellular heavy metal nanoparticle storage

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    Iannitti T; Capone S; Gatti A; et al.

    2011-01-01

    Iannitti T, Capone S, Gatti A, Capitani F, Cetta F, Palmieri BIntracellular heavy metal nanoparticle storage: progressive accumulation within lymph nodes with transformation from chronic inflammation to malignancy. Int J Nanomedicine. 2010;5:955–960.Dr Federico Capitani’s name was spelt incorrectly as "Frederico Capitani" in the published paper.

  20. Heavy Metals and Related Trace Elements.

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    Leland, Harry V.; And Others

    1978-01-01

    Presents a literature review of heavy metals and related trace elements in the environment, covering publications of 1976-77. This review includes: (1) trace treatment in natural water and in sediments; and (2) bioaccumulation and toxicity of trace elements. A list of 466 references is presented. (HM)

  1. Electrodialytic decontamination of heavy metal polluted soil

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    Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Hansen, Henrik K.; Karlsmose, Bodil; Villumsen, Arne

    1996-01-01

    Electrodialytic remediation of heavy metal polluted soil is a newly developed method, which combines the electrokinetic mevement of ions in soil with the principle of electrodialytis. The method has been proven to work in laboratory scale and at present two types of pilot plant tests are made.

  2. Atmospheric heavy metal deposition in Europe

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    Ruehling, Aa. (ed.)

    1994-03-01

    Atmospheric heavy metal deposition in Europe including 21 countries was monitored by the moss technique. The objectives of the project were to characterise qualitatively and quantitatively the regional atmospheric deposition pattern of heavy metals in background areas in Europe, to indicat the location of important heavy metal pollution sources. Samples of mainly the moss species Pleurozium schreberi, Hylocomium splendens and Hypnum cupresiforme were collected during the summertime 1990. The total concentrations of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, lead, nickel, vanadium and zinc were determined and the results presented in the form of coloured contour maps of Europe. In the Nordic countries and adjacent areas the regional deposition pattern of all the metals shows a decreasing gradient from relatively high values in the southern parts of Scandinavia to low values towards the North. A significant decreas. in the concentrations of most elements was found in this area during the last 10-20 years. Important local enhancements of the concentrations in moss were found superimposed on the regional background pattern, especially at the great smelting combinates in Nikel, Zapolyarnyj and Monchegorsk in Russia in the western part of the Kola Peninsula. Higher levels of metals are found at Mazeikiai (oil refinery) in Lithuania, close to Liepaja (steel mill) and Riga in Latvia and in the industrial north-eastern area of Estonia and adjacent area of Russia. Higher levels of metals were found in the metropolitan area of St. Petersburg. In Central Europe, Poland, and the Czech Republic have numerous sources of air pollution, as well as area in Germany. The Netherlands is particularly affected by pollution from Belgium and western Germany. The Environmental Monitoring and Data Group in the Nordic Countries would like the next survey of heavy metals, including mercury, in moss to take place in 1995. (EG) (45 refs.)

  3. Heavy metal vaporization and abatement during thermal treatment of modified wastes

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    This study examines the vaporization percentage and partitioning of heavy metals Cd, Pb and Zn during thermal treatment of wastes with added PVC, heavy metals or phosphate, and the efficiency of sorbents for removal of these metallic compounds in flue gas of an industrial solid waste incinerator. Firstly, vaporization experiments were carried out to determine the behavior of heavy metals during combustion under various conditions (type of waste, temperature, presence of chloride or phosphate ...). The experimental results show relatively high vaporization percentage of metallic compounds within fly ash and limestone matrix while heavy metals within sediments treated with phosphoric acid are less volatile. Vaporization of metals increases with increasing temperature and with chloride addition. The thermal behavior of the selected heavy metals and their removal by sorbents (sodium bicarbonate, activated carbon) was also studied in an industrial solid waste incinerator. These pilot scale experiments confirm that heavy metals are concentrated in fly ashes and cyclone residues, thus effectively controlling their release to the atmosphere

  4. Separately removable tubes in heavy duty heat exchanger assemblies

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    The invention is directed to removable heat exchanger tube assemblies in heavy duty equipment radiators in which the tubes are each separately removable if they become defective in service. An inwardly facing annular ledge or abutment is molded into the inside diameter of each upper and lower sealing member to receive the respective ends of the tubes and prevent vertical movement of the tubes in service. A flange or shoulder is also provided on the lower portions of each tube and engages the inside of the lower sealing member to further restrain downward movement of the tubes in service. Each tube may be removed by pushing the tube upwardly to overcome the upper ledge abutment and thereby lift the tube free of the lower seal. Each tube may then be removed sidewise from the radiator. Variations of the removable sealing arrangement can be made and are described herein

  5. Removal of metal ions from simulated wastewater by saccharomyces yeast biomass : combining biosorption and flotation processes

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    Zouboulis, A.I.; ??????????, ?.?; Matis, K.A.; Lazaridis, N.K.; ?????, ?.?.; ?????????, ?.?.

    2009-01-01

    Aqueous solutions containing heavy metals can be successfully treated by a combination of biosorption and flotation, in order to remove (or recover) the contained metals. Nonliving biomass of yeast Saccharomyces, which is a solid industrial by-product, was found to be a suitable biosorbent of metal ions (zinc, copper, and nickel). It was found also possible to reuse it after the appropriate desorption treatment. Electrokinetic behavior of biomass as well as elution and multiple-cycles operati...

  6. Studies on removal of toxic metals from waste water using pseudomonas species

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    Korrapati Narasimhulu; Parcha Sreenivasa Rao

    2009-01-01

    Toxic trace metals can be hazardous even at very low concentrations. When they get into water supplies and aqueous environments the health of plants and animals, as well as humans, can be impaired. Toxic trace metals are commonly found in wastewater and removing them efficiently presents a unique challenge. The discharge of heavy metals into aquatic ecosystems has become a matter of concern in India over the last few decades. These pollutants are introduced into the aquatic systems significan...

  7. Minor heavy metal: A review on occupational and environmental intoxication

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    Wiwanitkit Viroj

    2008-01-01

    Heavy metal is widely used in industries and presents as a problematic environmental pollution. Some heavy metals, especially lead and mercury, are well described for their occupational and environmental intoxication whereas the other minor heavy metals are less concerned. In this article, the author will present the details of occupational and environmental minor heavy metal intoxication. This review focuses mainly on aluminum, tin, copper, manganese, chromium, cadmium and nickel.

  8. THEORETICAL STUDIES CONCERNING RESIDUAL SOIL POLLUTION BY HEAVY METALS

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    CRISTIAN RADU; VALENTIN NEDEFF; ALEXANDRA-DANA CHITIMUS

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    The paper describes a series of theoretical aspects concerning residual soil pollution by heavy metals. Heavy metals, unlike organic and radionuclide pollutants, are considered to be the most persistent/resistant polluting substances in the soil, displaying a tendency for accumulation. The behavior of heavy metals in the soil depends on the physical and chemical properties of the soil, as well as on their origin and source. Knowledge of the properties of heavy metals is very important, having...

  9. Natural Bioremediation of Heavy Metals Through Nematode Parasite of Fish

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    Rafia Azmat; Shahina Fayyaz; Nasira Kazi; Syed Junaid Mahmood; Fahim Uddin

    2008-01-01

    Parallel analysis of heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Hg, As, Zn and Fe) in muscles and guts of fishes, seawater and fish parasites were detected by atomic absorption Spectrophotometry. The bioaccumulation potential of heavy toxic metals was assessed in the Echinocephalus sp. and Ascaris sp. which is, reported as natural bioremediator of heavy metals in Liza vaigiensis from Karachi coast. Investigation suggests that infected fish contain low concentration of heavy metals in their muscle as compared to n...

  10. Heavy Metals and Epigenetic Alterations in Brain Tumors

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    Caffo, Maria; Caruso, Gerardo; Fata, Giuseppe La; BARRESI, VALERIA; Visalli, Maria; Venza, Mario; Venza, Isabella

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    Heavy metals and their derivatives can cause various diseases. Numerous studies have evaluated the possible link between exposure to heavy metals and various cancers. Recent data show a correlation between heavy metals and aberration of genetic and epigenetic patterns. From a literature search we noticed few experimental and epidemiological studies that evaluate a possible correlation between heavy metals and brain tumors. Gliomas arise due to genetic and epigenetic alterations of glial cells...

  11. Use of dried aquatic plant roots to adsorb heavy metals

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    Robichaud, K.D.

    1996-12-31

    The removal of heavy metal ions by dried aquatic macrophytes was investigated. The ability of the biomass, Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth), Typha latifolia (cattail), Sparganium minimum (burr reed) and Menyanthes trifoliata to abstract lead and mercury ions is presented here, along with a conceptual filter design. This paper examines an alternative to both the traditional and recent systems designed for metal removal. It involves the use of dried aquatic macrophytes. There are numerous advantages for the use of dried macrophytes in the treatment of industrial wastewater. First, it is cost-effective. There are also funding opportunities through a variety of Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA) programs. It is more environmentally conscious because a wetland, the harvesting pond, has been created. And, it creates public goodwill by providing a more appealing, less hardware-intensive, natural system.

  12. Heavy Metal Contamination in Canned Tuna Fish

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    M Ghazi-Khansari

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available Heavy metal contamination of food products, especially seafood is a major concern because of the bioaccumulation and biomagnification of metal contaminants. Their detection in fish is an indicator of marine pollution. In this study heavy metal concentrations were measured in a sample of commercially obtained canned tuna; after digestion and preparation of 21 such samples, levels of mercury and arsenic were determined by the hydride generation technique, while those of lead and cadmium were measured by the graphite furnace system. Tin levels were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrophotometery. The mean contents of heavy metals expressed in ug/g of wet weight were O.U3±0.027 (range 0.082-0.16 for mercury, 0.129±0.082 (0.037-0.262 for arsenic, 0.029±0.019 (0.006-0.088 for cadmium, and 0.33±0.12 (0.016-0.049 for lead. No tin was detected any of the samples. The concentrations of toxic metals in this study were below the WHO/FAO-recommended levels, but further studies are needed to assess the risk associated other types of food.

  13. Phytoextraction of heavy metals by canola (Brassica napus) and radish (Raphanus sativus) grown on multicontaminated soil

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    Phytoextraction can provide an effective in situ technique for removing heavy metals from polluted soils. The experiment reported in this paper was undertaken to study the basic potential of phytoextraction of Brassica napus (canola) and Raphanus sativus (radish) grown on a multi-metal contaminated soil in the framework of a pot-experiment. Chlorophyll contents and gas exchanges were measured during the experiment; the heavy metal phytoextraction efficiency of canola and radish were also determined and the phytoextraction coefficient for each metal calculated. Data indicated that both species are moderately tolerant to heavy metals and that radish is more so than canola. These species showed relatively low phytoremediation potential of multicontaminated soils. They could possibly be used with success in marginally polluted soils where their growth would not be impaired and the extraction of heavy metals could be maintained at satisfying levels

  14. Phytoextraction of heavy metals by canola (Brassica napus) and radish (Raphanus sativus) grown on multicontaminated soil

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    Marchiol, L.; Assolari, S.; Sacco, P.; Zerbi, G

    2004-11-01

    Phytoextraction can provide an effective in situ technique for removing heavy metals from polluted soils. The experiment reported in this paper was undertaken to study the basic potential of phytoextraction of Brassica napus (canola) and Raphanus sativus (radish) grown on a multi-metal contaminated soil in the framework of a pot-experiment. Chlorophyll contents and gas exchanges were measured during the experiment; the heavy metal phytoextraction efficiency of canola and radish were also determined and the phytoextraction coefficient for each metal calculated. Data indicated that both species are moderately tolerant to heavy metals and that radish is more so than canola. These species showed relatively low phytoremediation potential of multicontaminated soils. They could possibly be used with success in marginally polluted soils where their growth would not be impaired and the extraction of heavy metals could be maintained at satisfying levels.

  15. Evaluation of alternative removal methods for decommissioning of heavy components in nuclear power plants

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    Highlights: • This paper is to evaluate the removal alternative methods of heavy components in nuclear power plants. • The removal alternative methods of heavy components as a whole body are composed of three methods. • This paper presented the best alternative method of RPV removal. - Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the removal alternative methods of heavy components in nuclear power plants. One of the important tasks in decommissioning a nuclear power plant is removal of heavy components. The removal alternative methods of heavy components as a whole body are composed of three methods. This paper presented the best alternative method of RPV removal

  16. ACCUMULATION OF HEAVY METALS IN BIOTA OF VYRLYTSA LAKE

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    Tetiana Bilyk

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract. The main task was to investigate the pollution by heavy metals of biota of Vyrlytsa Lake. Thecontents of movable forms of heavy metals in aquatic plants, fish and snails was determined by atomicabsorbtion method and were made the conclusions about general state of the water object.Keywords: heavy metals, accumulation, biota, pollution, atomic absorption spectroscopy.

  17. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Can Benefit Heavy Metal Tolerance and Phytoremediation

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    Forgy, David

    2012-01-01

    Sites contaminated by heavy metals, such as industrial waste sites, create unwelcoming environments for plant growth. Heavy metals can have a wide range of toxic effects such as replacing essential elements or disrupting enzyme function. While some heavy metals are essential to plant nutrition at low concentrations, high concentrations of any…

  18. Heavy Metal Concentrations in Maltese Potable Water

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    Roberta Bugeja

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluates the levels of aluminum (Al, cadmium (Cd, chromium (Cr, copper (Cu, iron (Fe, lead (Pb, nickel (Ni and zinc (Zn in tap water samples of forty localities from around the Maltese Islands together with their corresponding service supply reservoirs. The heavy metal concentrations obtained indicated that concentrations of the elements were generally below the maximum allowed concentration established by the Maltese legislation. In terms of the Maltese and EU water quality regulations, 17.5% of the localities sampled yielded water that failed the acceptance criteria for a single metal in drinking water. Higher concentrations of some metals were observed in samples obtained at the end of the distribution network, when compared to the concentrations at the source. The observed changes in metal concentrations between the localities’ samples and the corresponding supply reservoirs were significant. The higher metal concentrations obtained in the samples from the localities can be attributed to leaching in the distribution network.

  19. Optical Algal Biosensor using Alkaline Phosphatase for Determination of Heavy Metals

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    Durrieu, Claude; Tran-Minh, Canh

    2002-01-01

    A biosensor is constructed to detect heavy metals from inhibition of alkaline phosphatase (AP) present on the external membrane of Chlorella vulgaris microalgae. The microalgal cells are immobilized on removable membranes placed in front of the tip of an optical fiber bundle inside a homemade microcell. C. vulgaris was cultivated in the laboratory and its alkaline phosphatase activity is strongly inhibited in the presence of heavy metals. This property has been used for the determination of t...

  20. SOME IMPORTANT FUNGI, TRICHOPHYTON SP., BEAVERIA BASSIANA AND PLUROTUS OSTREATUS RESIST HEAVY METALS: PROMISING FUNGAL STRAINS FOR THEIR POTENTIAL AS BIOREMEDIATION AGENTS

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    Raman Kumar, A. K. Sharma Ratnesh Pandey, and Sardul S. Sandhu

    2012-01-01

    Many industries like electroplating, paint, lather tanning etc. release enormous amount of heavy metals contaminated wastewater. These heavy metals enter into human beings and animals through food chain. So there is a need to remove these heavy metals through low cost technology. Microorganisms including fungi and bacteria have been reported to exclude heavy metals from wastewater through bioaccumulation and biosorption at low cost and in an eco-friendly manner. An attempt was, therefore, mad...

  1. Chelant extraction of heavy metals from contaminated soils

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    The current state of the art regarding the use of chelating agents to extract heavy metal contaminants has been addressed. Results are presented for treatability studies conducted as worst-case and representative soils from Aberdeen Proving Ground's J-Field for extraction of copper (Cu), lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn). The particle size distribution characteristics of the soils determined from hydrometer tests are approximately 60% sand, 30% silt, and 10% clay. Sequential extractions were performed on the 'as-received' soils (worst case and representative) to determine the speciation of the metal forms. The technique speciates the heavy metal distribution into an easily extractable (exchangeable) form, carbonates, reducible oxides, organically-bound, and residual forms. The results indicated that most of the metals are in forms that are amenable to soil washing (i.e. exchangeable+carbonate+reducible oxides). The metals Cu, Pb, Zn, and Cr have greater than 70% of their distribution in forms amenable to soil washing techniques, while Cd, Mn, and Fe are somewhat less amenable to soil washing using chelant extraction. However, the concentrations of Cd and Mn are low in the contaminated soil. From the batch chelant extraction studies, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), citric acid, and nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) were all effective in removing copper, lead, and zinc from the J-Field soils. Due to NTA being a Class II carcinogen, it is not recommended for use in remediating contaminated soils. EDTA and citric acid appear to offer the greatest potential as chelating agents to use in soil washing the Aberdeen Proving Ground soils. The other chelating agents studied (gluconate, oxalate, Citranox, ammonium acetate, and phosphoric acid, along with pH-adjusted water) were generally ineffective in mobilizing the heavy metals from the soils. The chelant solution removes the heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn, Fe, Cr, As, and Hg) simultaneously. Using a multiple-stage batch extraction, the soil was successfully treated passing both the Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure (TCLP) and EPA Total Extractable Metal Limit. The final residual Pb concentration was about 300 mg/kg, with a corresponding TCLP of 1.5 mg/l. Removal of the exchangeable and carbonate fractions for Cu and Zn was achieved during the first extraction stage, whereas it required two extraction stages for the same fractions for Pb. Removal of Pb, Cu, and Zn present as exchangeable, carbonates, and reducible oxides occurred between the fourth- and fifth-stage extractions. The overall removal of copper, lead, and zinc from the multiple-stage washing were 98.9%, 98.9%, and 97.2%, respectively. The concentration and operating conditions for the soil washing extractions were not necessarily optimized. If the conditions had been optimized and using a more representative Pb concentration (?12000 mg/kg), it is likely that the TCLP and residual heavy metal soil concentrations could be achieved within two to three extractions. The results indicate that the J-Field contaminated soils can be successfully treated using a soil washing technique. (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  2. Compost as a source of microbial isolates for the bioremediation of heavy metals: In vitro selection

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    Vargas-Garcia, Maria del Carmen, E-mail: mcvargas@ual.es; Lopez, Maria Jose, E-mail: mllopez@ual.es; Suarez-Estrella, Francisca, E-mail: fsuarez@ual.es; Moreno, Joaquin, E-mail: jcasco@ual.es

    2012-08-01

    Heavy metal pollution has become a major environmental concern nowadays and the bioremediation of polluted habitats is an increasingly popular strategy due to both its efficiency and safety. A screening and selection protocol based on different composting processes was designed in order to isolate heavy metal-resistant microorganisms. A collection of 51 microorganisms was obtained and most of them showed the capability to tolerate heavy metals in multi-polluted aqueous systems (Cd(II), Cr(VI), Ni, Pb, Zn(II)), as well as to remove them. The highest detoxification ratios were observed for Pb. Some of the isolates detoxifying more than a 90% of this metal, while the other metals were removed in a range between 20% and 60%. The best isolates (Graphium putredinis, Fusarium solani, Fusarium sp. and Penicillium chrysogenum) were further assayed in order to determine the predominant removal mechanism and the potential use of their dead biomass as a biosorbent. Intracellular accumulation was the prevalent mechanism for most isolates and metals, with the exception of Ni. In this case, the proportion removed by extracellular adsorption was similar or even higher than that removed by intracellular accumulation. Thus, the efficiency of living cells was higher than that of dead biomass except in the case of Ni. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Composting is a good reservoir for the isolation of HM-resistant microorganisms. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pb was the most removed heavy metal in multi-polluted aqueous systems. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Intracellular accumulation was the predominant mechanism for heavy metal removal. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Graphium putredinis, which detoxifies organic pollutants, was the most efficient isolate.

  3. Compositions and methods for removal of toxic metals and radionuclides

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    Cuero, Raul G. (Inventor); McKay, David S. (Inventor)

    2007-01-01

    The present invention relates to compositions and methods for the removal of toxic metals or radionuclides from source materials. Toxic metals may be removed from source materials using a clay, such as attapulgite or highly cationic bentonite, and chitin or chitosan. Toxic metals may also be removed using volcanic ash alone or in combination with chitin or chitosan. Radionuclides may be removed using volcanic ash alone or in combination with chitin or chitosan.

  4. Biosorption of Lead and Copper by Heavy Metal Resistance Bacterium using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FT IR

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    This paper should be cited as: Mohseni M, Khosravi F, Mohadjerani M, Chaichi, MJ . [ Biosorption of Lead and Copper by Heavy Metal Resistance Bacterium using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FT - IR ]. MLJ. 201 4 ; 8 ( 3 : [Article in Persian] Mohseni, M. (PhD

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    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Contamination of environment to lead and copper is rising due to human activities. One of the best methods to remove heavy metals from the environment is bacterial remediation. This study aimed to isolate bacteria and investigate the mechanism of lead and copper bioremediation. Material and Methods: Heavy metal resistant bacteria were isolated from contaminated wastewater samples. The isolates with high resistance to lead and copper were selected for further studies and bioremediation was assessed by atomic absorption spectrophotometer. To determine the functional groups to remove metals, FT-IR was employed. In addition, plasmid curing was studied to determine the location of the genes that are resistance to heavy metals. Results: Ten bacterial isolates that are resistance to heavy metals were isolated. Among these, MKH3 with the highest remediation activity removed %90 lead and %92 copper from the growth medium. The absorption mechanism of MKH3 indicated that the functional groups such as carboxyl, amide, carbonyl and hydroxyl were most effective for removal of heavy metals from the growth medium. The results revealed that heavy metal resistant genes may be located on plasmid DNA. Furthermore, molecular identification demonstrated that MKH3 was similar to Enterobacterhormaechei with 98% homology. Conclusion: Bacterium isolated from a contaminated site showed the ability to remove a high amount of lead and copper. Thus, MKH3 could be useful for the bioremediation of heavy metals, particularly lead and copper, from industrial wastewater and contaminated sites.

  5. Uptake of certain heavy metals from contaminated soil by mushroom--Galerina vittiformis.

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    Damodaran, Dilna; Vidya Shetty, K; Raj Mohan, B

    2014-06-01

    Remediation of soil contaminated with heavy metals has received considerable attention in recent years. In this study, the heavy metal uptake potential of the mushroom, Galerina vittiformis, was studied in soil artificially contaminated with Cu (II), Cd (II), Cr (VI), Pb (II) and Zn (II) at concentrations of 50 and 100mg/kg. G. vittiformis was found to be effective in removing the metals from soil within 30 days. The bioaccumulation factor (BAF) for both mycelia and fruiting bodies with respect to these heavy metals at 50mg/kg concentrations were found to be greater than one, indicating hyper accumulating nature by the mushroom. The metal removal rates by G. vittiformis was analyzed using different kinetic rate constants and found to follow the second order kinetic rate equation except for Cd (II), which followed the first order rate kinetics. PMID:24655915

  6. Detoxification of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils

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    Floarea Damian

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The concentration of the heavy metals in the soils from the strong affected zones because of the mining and metallurgical industry, Baia Mare and Zlatna (Romania, is significant due to the high values of the contents and association of the four metals Pb, Cu, Zn, Cd. The efficacy of the natural zeolites in heavy metals immobilization from the studied soils was evaluated in experiments in which the plant growth was observed. Heavy metals contaminated soils have been treated with a mixture of organic substance and zeolites (organo ? zeolitic material. Zeolitic tuffs were roll-crushed and ground in small grains with dimensions between 0.05 and 2.0 mm. Clinoptilolite is the predominant zeolite and appears as compact masses of tabular and prismatic micron ? sized crystals that are evident in SEM images. In the mixture, the polluted soil represents 83% and the organo ? zeolitic material represents 17%. The soils used in the experiment are excessive contaminated with Pb (40375-1054ppm in association with Zn (1175-490ppm, Cd (24.2-13.2ppm and Cu (409.5-37.6ppm in Baia Mare zone and with Cu (7000-360ppm in association with Zn (3100-1900ppm, Cd (80-40ppm and Pb (2000-50ppm in Zlatna zone. The original soil and the treated soil have been planted with Lolium perenne. The growth of the plants has demonstrated that the soil treated with organo?zeolitic material allows the growth of vegetation much faster than the original soil. These results show that growth of the plants was possible because the organo?zeolitic material mixed with the soil provides the substances necessary for the plants to develop (ammonium, humus, potassium, calcium. At the same time, heavy metals that inhibit the plant development are blocked through the cationic exchange mechanism that makes them enter the zeolites structure and they no longer directly have access to the plant roots.

  7. Mechanism of biosorption of Heavy metals by mucor rouxii

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    Yan, G. [Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (Canada); Viraraghavan, T. [Faculty of Engineering, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada)

    2008-08-15

    Fungi such as Aspergillus niger and Mucor rouxii are capable of removing heavy metals from aqueous solutions. The role various functional groups play in the cell wall of M. rouxii in metal biosorption of lead, cadmium, nickel and zinc was investigated in this paper. The biomass was chemically treated to modify the functional carboxyl, amino and phosphate groups. These modifications were examined by means of infrared spectroscopy. It was found that an esterification of the carboxyl groups and phosphate and a methylation of the amine groups significantly decreased the biosorption of the heavy metals studied. Thus, the carboxylate, amine and phosphate groups were recognized as important in the biosorption of metal ions by M. rouxii biomass. The role the lipids fraction play was not significant. The study showed that Na, K, Ca and Mg ions were released from the biomass after biosorption of Pb,Cd,Ni and Zn, indicating that ion exchange was a key mechanism in the biosorption of metal ions by M. rouxii biomass. (Abstract Copyright [2008], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  8. HEAVY METALS IN PRODUCTIVE PARTS OF AGRICULTURAL PLANTS

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    Július Árvay; Ján Tomáš; Tomáš Tóth

    2012-01-01

    The contents of heavy metals in plants were not in relation to contents of heavy metals in soil. Increased content of heavy metals in soils was not in consistency with content in plants. Usually content of heavy metals in plants according to our results were lower than their content in soil. Only the over limit contents of copper and cadmium were assessed in grain of barley and oat. The results of heavy metals content showed that dominant part on content of elements in plants have their mobil...

  9. Electroremediation of heavy metals in sewage sludge

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    C., Elicker; P. J., Sanches Filho; K. R. L., Castagno.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the application of electrokinetic remediation in the treatment of sludge in a sewage treatment station. The study consisted of, in a first step, the characterization of physicochemical parameters of sludge and, in a second step, the implementation of the electrokinetic remediatio [...] n technique. The concentrations of Cu, Cr, Pb and Zn in sludge samples, before and after the experiment, were determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy. After 40 hours of experiment, considering an electrolyte flow-rate of 1.34 L.h-1 at a voltage of 20 V, the removal rate of all the metals accompanied was over 50%; the highest removal efficiency was for Pb, with 72.49%. The results show the feasibility of using the electrochemical technique of electrokinetic remediation for metal removal from a sludge sewage treatment station.

  10. Removal of soluble toxic metals from water

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    The removal of selected, soluble toxic metals from aqueous solutions has been accomplished using a combination of chemical treatment and ultrafiltration. The process has been evaluated at the bench-scale and is undergoing pilot-scale testing. Removal efficiencies in excess of 95-99% have been realized. The test program at the bench-scale investigated the limitations and established the optimum range of operating parameters for the process, while the tests conducted with the pilot-scale process equipment are providing information on longer-term process efficiencies, effective processing rates, and fouling potential of the membranes. With the typically found average concentrations of the toxic metals in groundwaters at Superfund sites used as the feed solution, the process has decreased levels up to 100-fold or more. Experiments were also conducted with concentrated solutions to determine their release from silica-based matrices. The solidified wastes were subjected to EP Toxicity test procedures and met the criteria successfully. The final phase of the program involving a field demonstration at a uranium tailings site will be outlined

  11. Applicability of Moringa oleifera Lam. pie as an adsorbent for removal of heavy metals from waters / Aplicabilidade da torta de Moringa oleifera Lam. como adsorvente para remoção de metais pesados de águas

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    Affonso C., Gonçalves Junior; Ana P., Meneghel; Fernanda, Rubio; Leonardo, Strey; Douglas C., Dragunski; Gustavo F., Coelho.

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    Full Text Available Este estudo objetivou avaliar a eficácia do uso da torta de moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam.) como material adsorvente dos metais pesados tóxicos cádmio (Cd), chumbo (Pb) e cromo (Cr) de soluções contaminadas. Nos testes cinéticos foram variadas as massas do adsorvente em duas condições de pH (5,0 e 7 [...] ,0). As condições otimizadas foram pH 5,0 e massa de 0.300 g de adsorvente, utilizados para a construção das isotermas e linearizadas conforme os modelos de Langmuir e Freundlich. Realizou-se a determinação dos metais por espectrometria de absorção atômica. Os resultados mostraram que houve semelhança em ambos os modelos utilizados para a adsorção do Cd. Para o Pb, o modelo de Freundlich apresentou o melhor ajuste e, para o Cr, houve melhor ajuste pelo modelo de Langmuir. Conclui-se, com base nos resultados obtidos, que o adsorvente foi eficaz na remediação de soluções contendo Cd, Pb e Cr e, assim, é viável a utilização desse adsorvente como material alternativo sustentável, pois apresenta baixo custo, não necessita de tratamento prévio e se trata de um coproduto. Abstract in english This study evaluated the efficacy of moringa seeds (Moringa oleifera Lam.) as an adsorbent material for removing toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and chromium from contaminated solutions. The effect of the adsorbent mass was investigated at two pH conditions (5.0 and 7.0). The optimized con [...] ditions were 0.300 g of adsorbent at pH 5.0, used for the isotherms construction, and linearized according to Langmuir and Freundlich models. Results showed that cadmium adsorption was similar in both the models used. For lead, the Freundlich model had the best adjustment and chromium was better adjusted by the Langmuir model. It was concluded that the adsorbent was effective in the remediation of solutions containing cadmium, lead and chromium, thus, its use as sustainable alternative material is feasible, since it has low cost, does not need a previous treatment and it is a byproduct.

  12. Applicability of Moringa oleifera Lam. pie as an adsorbent for removal of heavy metals from waters Aplicabilidade da torta de Moringa oleifera Lam. como adsorvente para remoção de metais pesados de águas

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    Affonso C. Gonçalves Junior

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the efficacy of moringa seeds (Moringa oleifera Lam. as an adsorbent material for removing toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and chromium from contaminated solutions. The effect of the adsorbent mass was investigated at two pH conditions (5.0 and 7.0. The optimized conditions were 0.300 g of adsorbent at pH 5.0, used for the isotherms construction, and linearized according to Langmuir and Freundlich models. Results showed that cadmium adsorption was similar in both the models used. For lead, the Freundlich model had the best adjustment and chromium was better adjusted by the Langmuir model. It was concluded that the adsorbent was effective in the remediation of solutions containing cadmium, lead and chromium, thus, its use as sustainable alternative material is feasible, since it has low cost, does not need a previous treatment and it is a byproduct.Este estudo objetivou avaliar a eficácia do uso da torta de moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam. como material adsorvente dos metais pesados tóxicos cádmio (Cd, chumbo (Pb e cromo (Cr de soluções contaminadas. Nos testes cinéticos foram variadas as massas do adsorvente em duas condições de pH (5,0 e 7,0. As condições otimizadas foram pH 5,0 e massa de 0.300 g de adsorvente, utilizados para a construção das isotermas e linearizadas conforme os modelos de Langmuir e Freundlich. Realizou-se a determinação dos metais por espectrometria de absorção atômica. Os resultados mostraram que houve semelhança em ambos os modelos utilizados para a adsorção do Cd. Para o Pb, o modelo de Freundlich apresentou o melhor ajuste e, para o Cr, houve melhor ajuste pelo modelo de Langmuir. Conclui-se, com base nos resultados obtidos, que o adsorvente foi eficaz na remediação de soluções contendo Cd, Pb e Cr e, assim, é viável a utilização desse adsorvente como material alternativo sustentável, pois apresenta baixo custo, não necessita de tratamento prévio e se trata de um coproduto.

  13. Modification of Heavy metal uptake efficiency by modified chitosan/anionic surfactant systems

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    Negm, Nabel A.; Ali, Hanan Elsharkawy [Applied Surfactant Laboratory, Petrochemicals Department, Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, Nasr City, Cairo (Egypt)

    2010-06-15

    The presence of toxic heavy metals in natural environments entails a potential health hazard for humans. Metal contaminants in these environments are usually tightly bound to colloidal particles and organic matter. On the other hand, the potential of these metals towards chelation by different chelating agents presents a good characteristic for their removal from the environment. On this basis, two chitosan/anionic surfactant complexes were prepared and evaluated for their ability to remove heavy metals from aqueous solutions. The experimental results of the uptake of metal ions including Cu{sup 2+}, Sn{sup 2+}, Co{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 2+} are reported in this study. The results show that modified chitosan with short-spacer group cross-linkers has a higher potential for heavy metal uptake than long-chain cross-linker-modified chitosan. Also, increasing the electronegativity of the heavy metals increases their uptake from the medium. Increasing the time of exposure of the heavy metals to the modified polymer increases the efficiency of the metal uptake process. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  14. Health concerns of heavy metals and metalloids.

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    Cooksey, Chris

    2012-01-01

    There is a long history and an overwhelming amount of data on the toxicity of heavy metal compounds. Here a brief look is taken of some aspects of the toxicity of lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic, chosen for their historical importance and environmental significance, highlighting especially the contrast between the acute and chronic toxicity of purely inorganic species and their organic derivatives. For further details of other toxic metal compounds, the reader might like to consult "Elements of murder: a history of poison" by John Emsley (2005, Oxford University Press). PMID:22574386

  15. [Heavy metals cycling and its regulation in China cropland ecosystems].

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    Zeng, Xi-bai; Su, Shi-ming; Ma, Shi-ming; Bai, Ling-yu; Li, Shu-hui; Li, Lian-fang

    2010-09-01

    This paper analyzed the current situation of heavy metal contamination in cropland soils in China, and discussed the input, output, and balance of heavy metals in cropland ecosystems. It was considered that heavy metals had definite accumulation in cropland ecosystems, but overall speaking, this accumulation had relatively small environmental risk, and only some plants, especially vegetables, accumulated heavy metals over the standards. In mining areas, adjacent areas of smelting plants, and the farming areas using larger amounts of related wastes, the heavy metals content in plants and soils was at least ten times higher than that in normal croplands, existing larger environmental risk. Aiming at the current situation of heavy metal contamination of farmland soils in China, some effective regulation measures for the heavy metal cycling in the cropland ecosystems were proposed, and the further research prospects in related fields were discussed. PMID:21265169

  16. Heavy metals in carabids (Coleoptera, Carabidae

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    Ruslan Butovsky

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Carabid beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae are one of the most studied soil groups in relation to heavy metal (HM accumulation and use for bioindication of environmental pollution. Accumulation of Zn and Cu in carabid beetles was species-, sex- and trophic group-specific. No differences were found in HM contents between omnivorous and carnivorous species. The use of carabid beetles as indicators of HM accumulation appears to be rather limited.

  17. Heavy metals in carabids (Coleoptera, Carabidae)

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    Ruslan Butovsky

    2011-01-01

    Carabid beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) are one of the most studied soil groups in relation to heavy metal (HM) accumulation and use for bioindication of environmental pollution. Accumulation of Zn and Cu in carabid beetles was species-, sex- and trophic group-specific. No differences were found in HM contents between omnivorous and carnivorous species. The use of carabid beetles as indicators of HM accumulation appears to be rather limited.

  18. Heavy Metals Stimulate Human LINE-1 Retrotransposition

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    Roy-Engel, Astrid M; Prescott L. Deininger; Lakisha Moore; Shubha P. Kale

    2005-01-01

    L1 and Alu elements are among the most active retroposons (mobile elements) in the human genome. Several human diseases, including certain forms of breast cancer and leukemia, are associated with L1 and Alu insertions in functionally important areas of the genome. We present data demonstrating that environmental pollutants, such as heavy metals, can stimulate L1 retrotransposition in a tissue culture system using two different types of assays. The response to these agents was equivalent when ...

  19. Heavy Metals Toxicity and the Environment

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    Paul B. Tchounwou; Yedjou, Clement G; Patlolla, Anita K; Sutton, Dwayne J.

    2012-01-01

    Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements that have a high atomic weight and a density at least 5 times greater than that of water. Their multiple industrial, domestic, agricultural, medical and technological applications have led to their wide distribution in the environment; raising concerns over their potential effects on human health and the environment. Their toxicity depends on several factors including the dose, route of exposure, and chemical species, as well as the age, gender, g...

  20. Geneticaly modified flax for heavy metal phytoremediation.

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    Najmanová, J.; Kotrba, P.; Macek, Tomáš; Macková, Martina

    Praha : VŠCHT, 2007 - (Macková, M.; Macek, T.; Demnerová, K.; Pazlar, V.; Nováková, M.), s. 167-168 ISBN 978-80-7080-026-3. [Symposium on Biosorption and Bioremediation /4./. Praha (CZ), 26.08.2007-30.08.2007] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M06030 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk(CZ) OC 117 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : phytoremediation * heavy metals * glutathione * flax * transformation Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics

  1. A study of the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions by Moringa oleifera seeds and amine-based ligand 1,4-bis[N,N-bis(2-picoyl)amino]butane.

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    Obuseng, Veronica; Nareetsile, Florence; Kwaambwa, Habauka M

    2012-06-12

    Uptake for lead, copper, cadmium, nickel and manganese from aqueous solution using the Moringa oleifera seeds biomass (MOSB) and amine-based ligand (ABL) was investigated. Experiments on two synthetic multi-solute systems revealed that MOSB performed well in the biosorption and followed the decreasing orders Pb(II)>Cu(II)>Cd(II)>Ni(II)>Mn(II) and Zn(II)>Cu(II)>Ni(II). The general trend of the heavy metal ions uptake by the amine-based ligand followed decreased in the order Mn>Cd>Cu>Ni>Pb, which is the reverse trend for what was observed for MOSB. Comparing the single- and multi-metal solutions, there was no clear effect in the biosorption capacity of MOSB suggesting the presence of sufficient active binding sites for all metal ions studied. The MOSB performance is also not affected by pH in the range 3.5-8. PMID:22632049

  2. Removal, recovery and enrichment of metals from aqueous solutions using carbon nanotubes

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    Environmental pollution caused by toxic metals (heavy metals, radioactive metals, etc.) is one of the major global issues, thus removal of toxic metals from contaminated water seems to be particularly important. On the other hand, the recovery and enrichment of metals, especially noble metals, from waste water is also crucial. To address these issues, nanotechnology plays an essential role in environmental monitoring and pollution control. To remove metals from contaminated water, or enrich metals from waste water, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and their composites have attracted great attention due to their excellent adsorption performance. The removal efficiency for metal ions by CNTs was observed around 10-80 %, which could be improved to approach 100 % by selectively functionalizing CNTs with organic ligands. Herein, we review the applications of CNTs in treatment of toxic metal-containing wastewater for environmental monitoring and metals recovery. Due to their higher sensitivity and selectivity towards the enrichment of metals or detection of toxic metal pollution of the environment, and the latest research progress of using CNT composites for metal treatment is also discussed. (author)

  3. Heavy metal emissions for Danish road transport

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    Winther, M.; Slentoe, E.

    2010-04-15

    This report presents new heavy metal emission factors for cars, vans, trucks, buses, mopeds and motorcycles for each of the emission sources fuel consumption, engine oil, tyre wear, brake wear and road abrasion. The emission components covered are Arsenic (As), Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Mercury (Hg), Nickel (Ni), Lead (Pb), Selenium (Se) and Zinc (Zn), all of them relevant for emission reporting to the UNECE CLRTAP (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Long Range Transboundary Pollutants) convention. The report also presents a new Danish inventory for the year 2007. The following emissions in total TSP (in brackets) are calculated for the year 2007: As (8 kg), Cd (48 kg), Cr (197 kg), Cu (51 779 kg), Hg (28 kg), Ni (158 kg), Pb (6 989 kg), Se (33 kg) and Zn (28 556 kg). Per vehicle type cars are the most important source of emission for all heavy metal species, followed by vans, trucks, buses and 2-wheelers. By using the detailed emission factors and inventory calculation methods established in the present project, estimates of heavy metal emissions can be made for other years than 2007. (author)

  4. Improvement Bio sorption of Heavy Metals from Industrial Wastewater Using Azolla

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    This study aims to improve the removal process which is vital for some heavy metals and natural radionuclides from industrial wastewater by bio sorption using living organisms with rapid growth as a trial to increase the efficient use of those organisms in the removal process is vital for the toxic elements. Bio sorption of heavy metal (Copper, Manganese, Iron, Zinc, Lead and Strontium) from industrial waste water (contaminated) with six different time periods for Azolla growth. The results indicate that Azolla plant able to on the absorption of ions of heavy elements and Sr and was up to the maximum absorption of most of the elements at a concentration of 50% of polluted water + 50% fresh water so we recommend using the plant Azolla as bio sorbent in the disposal and collection of heavy metals and radionuclides from industrial waste water and deal with it safely to humans and the environment. The results obtained confirm the ability of the fern to grow and absorb ion of heavy metal when mixed with industrial waste water and other sources of polluted water and act as bio filter. The optimum conditions for maximum removal of heavy metals were also determined. Study was conducted on recycling municipal wastewaters for cultivation of Azollamicrophylla biomass, which is used for inoculation into paddy fields as N bio fertilizer and has other applications as green manure,animal feed and bio filter.

  5. Behavior and distribution of heavy metals including rare Earth elements, thorium, and uranium in sludge from industry water treatment plant and recovery method of metals by biosurfactants application.

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    Gao, Lidi; Kano, Naoki; Sato, Yuichi; Li, Chong; Zhang, Shuang; Imaizumi, Hiroshi

    2012-01-01

    In order to investigate the behavior, distribution, and characteristics of heavy metals including rare earth elements (REEs), thorium (Th), and uranium (U) in sludge, the total and fractional concentrations of these elements in sludge collected from an industry water treatment plant were determined and compared with those in natural soil. In addition, the removal/recovery process of heavy metals (Pb, Cr, and Ni) from the polluted sludge was studied with biosurfactant (saponin and sophorolipid) elution by batch and column experiments to evaluate the efficiency of biosurfactant for the removal of heavy metals. Consequently, the following matters have been largely clarified. (1) Heavy metallic elements in sludge have generally larger concentrations and exist as more unstable fraction than those in natural soil. (2) Nonionic saponin including carboxyl group is more efficient than sophorolipid for the removal of heavy metals in polluted sludge. Saponin has selectivity for the mobilization of heavy metals and mainly reacts with heavy metals in F3 (the fraction bound to carbonates) and F5 (the fraction bound to Fe-Mn oxides). (3) The recovery efficiency of heavy metals (Pb, Ni, and Cr) reached about 90-100% using a precipitation method with alkaline solution. PMID:22693485

  6. [Characteristics of speciation and evaluation of ecological risk of heavy metals in sewage sludge of Guangzhou].

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    Guo, Peng-Ran; Lei, Yong-Qian; Cai, Da-Chuan; Zhang, Tao; Wu, Rui; Pan, Jia-Chuan

    2014-02-01

    Contents of heavy metals in different sewage sludges were analyzed and the speciation distribution and bioavailability of heavy metals were investigated, and the risk assessment code (RAC) and toxicity characteristic leaching procedure for solid waste were used to evaluate the potential ecological risk and leaching toxicity risk of heavy metals in sludge samples, respectively. The results showed that contents of Cu, Cr, Pb and Zn were high and presented a great difference by different sources in sewage sludges. Most of heavy metals existed in non-residual fractions and percentages of the mobile fraction (acid soluble fraction) of heavy metals in acidic sludge were higher. According to the results of single extraction, 1 mol x L(-1) NaOAc solution (pH 5.0) and 0.02 mol x L(-1) EDTA + 0.5 mol x L(-1) NH4OAc solution (pH 4.6) were suitable for evaluating bioavailable heavy metals in acidic and alkaline sludge, respectively. Percentages of bioavailable heavy metals were higher with the stronger of sludge acidity. The mobile ability of heavy metals resulted in the high ecological risk of sludge samples, and the bioavailability of heavy metals caused acidic sludges with a very high ecological risk but alkaline sludges with the middle ecological risk. Leaching toxicity risk was very high in sludge samples except domestic sewage sludge. After the removal of bioavailable heavy metals, leaching toxicity risk of sludge samples was still high in spite of its decrease; however, part type of sludges could be implemented landfill disposal. PMID:24812965

  7. Bioleaching remediation of heavy metal-contaminated soils using Burkholderia sp. Z-90.

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    Yang, Zhihui; Zhang, Zhi; Chai, Liyuan; Wang, Yong; Liu, Yi; Xiao, Ruiyang

    2016-01-15

    Bioleaching is an environment-friendly and economical technology to remove heavy metals from contaminated soils. In this study, a biosurfactant-producing strain with capacity of alkaline production was isolated from cafeteria sewer sludge and its capability for removing Zn, Pb, Mn, Cd, Cu, and As was investigated. Phylogenetic analysis using 16S rDNA gene sequences confirmed that the strain belonged to Burkholderia sp. and named as Z-90. The biosurfactant was glycolipid confirmed by thin layer chromatography and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Z-90 broth was then used for bioleaching remediation of heavy metal-contaminated soils. The removal efficiency was 44.0% for Zn, 32.5% for Pb, 52.2% for Mn, 37.7% for Cd, 24.1% for Cu and 31.6% for As, respectively. Mn, Zn and Cd were more easily removed from soil than Cu, Pb and As, which was attributed to the presence of high acid-soluble fraction of Mn, Zn and Cd and high residual fraction of Cu, Pb and As. The heavy metal removal in soils was contributed to the adhesion of heavy metal-contaminated soil minerals with strain Z-90 and the formation of a metal complex with biosurfactant. PMID:26348147

  8. Growth and Heavy Metals Accumulation Potential of Microalgae Grown in Sewage Wastewater and Petrochemical Effluents

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    K. Thirugnanamoorthy

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Microalgae exhibit a number of heavy metal uptake process by different metabolism. In this study, the ability of microalgae for removal of heavy metal from wastewater was studied. Growth and biochemical contents of microalgae were determined by spectrophotometer. Heavy metal analysis of wastewater effluents were performed by atomic absorption spectrophotometer before and after treatment at laboratory scale. The growth of Scenedesmus bijuga and Oscillatoria quadripunctulata in sewage wastewater was higher than those grown in synthetic medium. Whereas, the growth of S. bijuga and O. quadripunctulata in sterilized petrochemical effluents was slightly lower than that grown in the standard synthetic medium. The chlorophyll, carotenoid and protein content of S. bijuga and O. quadripunctulata grown in sterilized sewage wastewater were higher than those grown in the standard medium. Similarly S. bijuga and O. quadripunctulata grown in sterilized petrochemical effluents showed lower contents of pigments and protein than those grown in sewage and synthetic medium. Heavy metals copper, cobalt, lead and zinc were removed by 37-50, 20.3-33.3, 34.6-100 and 32.1-100%, respectively from sewage wastewater and petrochemical effluent using Ocillatoria culture. The metal absorption by S. bijuga were (Cu, Co, Pb, Zn 60-50, 29.6-66, 15.4-25 and 42.9-50%, respectively from sewage and petrochemical effluents. Both species showed high level of heavy metal removal efficiency and metal sorption efficiency of both microalgae depended on the type of biosorbent, the physiological status of the cells, availability of heavy metal, concentration of heavy metal and chemical composition of wastewater.

  9. Effect of heavy metals on enzymes production by Hebeloma crustuliniforme

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    Hanna Dahm; Edmund Strzelczyk

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    Studies were carried out in order to d?termine the effect of some heavy metals (Cu, Cd, Pb, Zn) on the production of enzymes (cellulases, peetinases. proteases) by ectomycorrhizal fungus Hebeloma crusliliniforme (Buli.: Fr.) Quél. All the heavy metals inhibited the general enzymatic activity regardless of the source of carbon used. The metals reduced the egzocellulolytic activity more in media with cellulose powder than with CMC (carboxymethylocellulosc). Among pectolytic enzymes heavy metals...

  10. Sediment, water pollution indicators for heavy metals

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    The complexity of an aquatic system requires consideration of its dynamics: spatial and temporal variations of physical, chemical and biological. Heavy metals have peculiar behavior in the aquatic system and may not be available in the waters, but on sediments.The sub-basin of the Sarandi stream is responsible for the contamination of Pampulha Lake. The Instituto Mineiro das Águas – IGAM - uses tool for monitoring the quality of surface water for developing strategies for conservation, restoration and rational use of water resources. So through the indices: IQA ( Indice de qualidade de águas) Index of water quality, and TC- toxic contamination, reduces conflicts, implements the disciplining of the environmental economy.This study determined the monitoring of sediment and water of Sarandi Stream, so in the samples collected during dry and rainy seasons (2007- 2008) were analyzed heavy metals (Cu, Cd, Cr, Co, Ni, Zn, Pb) and physical-chemical factors (conductivity, solids dissolved, temperature, turbidity). This allowed the determination of Hackanson factors of contamination and Muller Index geoaccumulation, indicating very high contamination in sediments regarding the elements Cr, Cu, and Cd, and high contamination for Pb, Zn, and Mn. The comparison with the indices of water quality- IQA (IGAM - 2006, 2007 and 2008), combined with exploratory data analysis and graphs of correlation between the variables indicated favorable conditions for metals contamination on water and sediment for these metals, besides allowing the identification of its source

  11. Neutron removal in peripheral relativistic heavy ion collisions

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    We investigate the relativistic Coulomb fragmentation of 197Au by heavy ions, leading to one-, two- and three-neutron removal. To resolve the ambiguity connected with the choice of a specific minimum impact parameter in a semiclassical calculation, a microscopic approach is developed