Adsorption of as(V), Cd(II) and Pb(II), in multicomponent aqueous systems using activated carbons

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Pirila M.
Cruz G.J.F.
Ainassaari K.
Gomez M.M.
Matejova L.
Keiski R.L.
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This paper studies the use of two activated carbon samples made of cocoa pod husk (CPH-AC) and one commercial activated carbon sample in the adsorption of As(V), Cd(II) and Pb(II) from multicomponent synthetic solutions and from the Puyango-Tumbes River water, a river located in northwest Peru. The characterization of the activated carbon samples was conducted. The CPH-AC samples exhibited a specific surface area (SBET) between 709 and 1117 m2/g and a pH point of zero charge (pHPZC) between 4.4 ± 0.2 and 5 ± 0.2, while the commercial material gave an SBET value of 775 m2/g and a pHPZC value of 7.6 ± 0.1. All the evaluated samples displayed the capacity to adsorb As(V), Cd(II) and Pb(II) from both aqueous systems. The adsorption efficiency for Pb was outstanding reaching the value of 89%. A pseudo-second order kinetic model was satisfactorily applied for most of the activated carbon samples.
The project CIMO North-South-South‘‘PROENV2’’, theAdMAtU–project (AKVA Program) financed by the Academy ofFinland, and HYMEPRO financed by the Finnish FundingAgency for Innovation (Tekes) are acknowledged for the financial support. The National University of Tumbes (ProyectoCanon – Resoluci ?on N80722-2014/UNT-R) and the PeruvianNational Council for Science and Technology (CONCYTEC)(Proyecto. No. 002/PE/2012) are gratefully recognized for theirsupport. The authors also want to thank their home universities for their support.
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