Influence of solution chemistry on Cr(VI) reduction and complexation onto date-pits/tea-waste biomaterials

Ahmad B. Albadarin, Chirangano Mangwandi, Gavin M. Walker, Stephen J. Allen, Mohammad N. M. Ahmad, Majeda Khraisheh

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Abstract

Tea waste (TW) and Date pits (DP) were investigated for their potential to remove toxic Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solution. Investigations showed that the majority of the bound Cr(VI) ions were reduced to Cr(III) after biosorption at acidic conditions. The electrons for the reduction of Cr(VI) may have been donated from the TW and DP biomasses. The experimental data obtained for Cr(VI)-TW and Cr(VI)-DP at different solution temperatures indicate a multilayer type biosorption, which explains why the Sips isotherm accurately represents the experimental data obtained in this study. The Sips maximum biosorption capacities of Cr(VI) onto TW and DP were 5.768 and 3.199 mmol/g at 333 K, respectively, which is comparatively superior to most other low-cost biomaterials. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic analysis of the metal loaded biosorbents confirmed the participation of -COOH, -NH and O-CH groups in the reduction and complexation of chromium. Thermodynamic parameters demonstrated that the biosorption of Cr(VI) onto TW and DP biomass was endothermic, spontaneous and feasible at 303-333 K. The results evidently indicated that tea waste and date pits would be suitable biosorbents for Cr(VI) in wastewater under specific conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-201
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume114
Early online date05 Nov 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2013

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