Phosphorus Adsorption onto an Industrial Acidified Laterite By‒Product: Equilibrium and Thermodynamic Investigation

Yoann Glocheux*, Martin Méndez Pasarín, Ahmad B. Albadarin, Chirangano Mangwandi, Florent Chazarenc, Gavin M. Walker

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The present research investigates the uptake of phosphate ions from aqueous solutions using acidified laterite (ALS), a by-product from the production of ferric aluminium sulfate using laterite. Phosphate adsorption experiments were performed in batch systems to determine the amount of phosphate adsorbed as a function of solution pH, adsorbent dosage and thermodynamic parameters per fixed P concentration. Kinetic studies were also carried out to study the effect of adsorbent particle sizes. The maximum removal capacity of ALS observed at pH 5 was 3.68 mg P g-1. It was found that as the adsorbent dosage increases, the equilibrium pH decreases, so an adsorbent dosage of 1.0 g L-1 of ALS was selected. Adsorption capacity (qm) calculated from the Langmuir isotherm was found to be 2.73 mg g-1. Kinetic experimental data were mathematically well described using the pseudo first-order model over the full range of the adsorbent particle size. The adsorption reactions were endothermic, and the process of adsorption was favoured at high temperature; the ΔG and ΔH values implied that the main adsorption mechanism of P onto ALS is physisorption. The desorption studies indicated the need to consider a NaOH 0.1M solution as an optimal solution for practical regeneration applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-940
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number6
Early online date03 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


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