Assessment of KOH-activated unripe Musa paradisiaca peel for adsorption of copper from aqueous solution

PraiseGod Chidozie Emenike, David Olugbenga Omole, Ben Uche Ngene, Imokhai Theophilus Tenebe, Claudio Cameselle
2017 Cogent Engineering  
Adsorption of copper ions out of aqueous solution by preparing activated carbon from unripe Musa paradisiaca peel (UmpP) with KOH was investigated. Estimation of the adsorption constants was achieved by adopting the Langmuir and Freundlich models. Results revealed that the adsorption process was fast and equilibrium was reached at 55 mins. The adsorption efficiency was highly influenced by the pH of the solution, and the maximum adsorption was attained at pH 7.5. In addition, an increase in
more » ... an increase in adsorption capacity was observed with increase in contact time and initial copper concentration. The adsorption process was explained by both Langmuir and Freundlich models having R 2 value of 0.9977 and 0.9959 at 303 K respectively and R 2 value of 0.9922 and 0.9904 at 308 K respectively. The maximum adsorption capacity of KOH-modified UmpP at the specified conditions was found to be 9.980 and 9.766 mg/g at 303 and 308 K respectively. Sequel to modelling the kinetic data, the Pseudo-second-order model gave the best fit with R 2 = 0.9990
doi:10.1080/23311916.2017.1376488 fatcat:pbdgwbx7w5hthhdguqtxvv6coi