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A Comparative Study of Modified Lignite Fly Ash for the Adsorption of Nickel from Aqueous Solution by Column and Batch Mode Study

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Chemistry, Karpagam University, Coimbatore-641021, INDIA
  • 2Department of Chemistry, P.S.G. College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 3, Issue (2), Pages 44-53, February,18 (2013)


The removal of Ni2+ from an aqueous solution using fly ash was modified by alkali (FAN), alkali and dye modified fly ash (FAN-MO) were compared. The influence of the four parameters (solution pH, contact time, initial metal ion concentration and dose of the adsorbent) on the removal of Ni2+ at 27 5C was studied by batch mode and column study. The adsorption of Ni2+ was higher at pH 3 for FAN (95.45%) in batch mode study and 57.4% in column study. For FAN-MO at pH 5, the adsorption was 89.2% in batch mode study and 74.69% in column study. The maximum adsorption of Ni2+ onto FAN and FAN-MO was achieved at 50 minutes. The linear forms of Langmuir, Freundlich, Tempkin, D-R, Harkin-Jura and Frenkel Halsey isotherms were utilised for experiments with varying metal concentrations. The adsorption of Ni2+ ions satisfies only Langmuir isotherm model. Influence of Cu2+ions and Zn2+ ions on adsorption of Ni2+ ions on FAN and FAN-MO in binary and tertiary systems showed certain decrease of adsorption ability.


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