Biosorption of Copper, Zinc and Nickel From Multi-Ion Solutions

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The biosorption of Cu(II), Zn(II) and Ni(II) by microscopic green algae Chlorella kessleri was investigated using batch experiments. Biosorption studies with single and multi ion solutions were carried out to study the effect of several ions on the biosorption of selected metal. The influence of zinc and nickel on copper biosorption, copper and nickel on zinc biosorption and zinc and copper on nickel biosorption were investigated. The Langmuir and Freundlich model were used to describe the adsorption equilibrium of studied metals on Chlorella kessleri biomass. Based on the experimental results it was found that the presence of copper increased the biosorption capacity of zinc from 48.6 mg/g to 96.8 mg/g and nickel from 29.3 mg/g to 62.7 mg/g, respectively. However, the presence of nickel decreased the biosorption capacity of zinc from 48.6 mg/g to 31.7 mg/g.

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