Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society
On-line version ISSN 0717-9707
KANWAL, FARAH et al. ISOTHERMAL AND THERMODYNAMICAL MODELING OF CHROMIUM (III) ADSORPTION BY COMPOSITES OF POLYANILINE WITH RICE HUSK AND SAW DUST. J. Chil. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2012, vol.57, n.1, pp.1058-1063. ISSN 0717-9707. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-97072012000100022.
The adsorption of Cr (III) from water by polyaniline composites with rice husk and saw dust of Eucalyptus camaldulensis has been investigated in this study. The surface of adsorbents was characterized by FT-IR. Effect of various operational conditions like agitation time, initial pH, adsorbent dose, particle size of composites and temperature were studied in batch mode. The suitability of the data was confirmed by Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms. Thermodynamic studies showed that adsorption of Cr (III) on these composites occur spontaneously. Rice husk and saw dust modified the morphology of polyaniline by preventing its aggregation and improving its adsorption capacity.
Keywords : Polyaniline; composite; chromium (III); adsorption; isotherms.