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Adsorption of hexavalent chromium from aqueous solution by modified corn stalk: A fixed-bed column study

Chen, Suhong, Yue, Qinyan, Gao, Baoyu, Li, Qian, Xu, Xing, Fu, Kaifang
Bioresource technology 2012 v.113 pp. 114-120
adsorption, aqueous solutions, chromium, corn stover, models, pH
Continuous fixed-bed column studies were carried out by using modified corn stalk (MCS) as an adsorbent for the removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution. The effect of various parameters like bed depths (1.4, 2.2 and 2.9cm), flow rate (5, 10 and 15mL/min), influent Cr(VI) concentrations (100, 200 and 300mg/L) and influent solution pH (2.66, 4.91 and 5.66) was investigated. The exhaustion time increased with increase of bed depth, decrease of flow rate and influent concentration. The Adams–Bohart, Thomas and Yoon–Nelson models were applied to the adsorption under varying experimental conditions to predict the breakthrough curves and to evaluate the model parameters of the fixed-bed column that are useful for process design. The Thomas and Yoon–Nelson models were in good agreement with the experimental data. The MCS column study states the value of the excellent adsorption capacity for the removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution.