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Volume 16 (2015) Article 2
Biosorption of mercury from aqueous solutions using highly characterised peats
by A.M. Rizzuti, F.L. Ellis, L.W. Cosme and A.D. Cohen
Published online: 11.02.2015
This research investigated the biosorption of mercury from aqueous solutions by six highly characterised peats. Samples of the peats were tested both in unaltered condition and after being treated with hydrochloric acid (HCl) to free up any occupied exchange sites. Other variables tested were sample dose, contact time, mixing temperature, and the concentration and pH of the mercury solution. Desorption studies were also performed, and tests were done to determine whether the peats could be re-used for mercury biosorption. The results indicate that all six peat types biosorb mercury from aqueous solutions extremely well (92−100 % removal) and that their mercury removal capacities are not significantly affected by manipulation of the various factors tested. The factor that had the greatest impact on the mercury removal capacities of the peats was the pH of the mercury solution. The optimal mercury solution pH for mercury removal was in the range 5−7 for four of the peats and in the range 2−3 for the other two. The desorption results indicate that it may be possible to recover up to 41 % of the removed mercury. All of the peat types tested can be repeatedly re-used for additional mercury biosorption cycles. Hence, their disposal should not become a hazardous waste problem.
Rizzuti, A.M., Ellis, F.M., Cosme, L.W. & Cohen, A.D. (2015): Biosorption of mercury from aqueous solutions using highly characterised peats. Mires and Peat 16: Art. 2. (Online: http://www.mires-and-peat.net/pages/volumes/map16/map1602.php)
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