Environmental Earth Sciences

, 77:653 | Cite as

Removal of lead(II) from aqueous stream by hydrophilic modified kapok fiber using the Fenton reaction

  • Dongfang Wang
  • Daeik Kim
  • Chul-Ho Shin
  • Yufeng Zhao
  • Joon-Seok ParkEmail author
  • Moonhee RyuEmail author
Thematic Issue
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Water Sustainability: A Spectrum of Innovative Technology and Remediation Methods


A hydrophilic kapok fiber was prepared by a chemical process of the Fenton reaction and used as an adsorbent to remove Pb(II) from aqueous solution. The effects of experimental parameters including pH, contact time, Pb(II) concentration, and coexisting heavy metals were estimated as well as evaluated. The optimum concentrations of FeSO4 and H2O2 for the Fenton reaction-modified kapok fiber (FRKF) were 0.5 mol L−1 and 1 mol L−1, respectively. The adsorption kinetic models and isotherm equations of Langmuir and Freundlich were conducted to identify the most optimum adsorption rate and adsorption capacity of Pb(II) on FRKF. The FRKF displayed an excellent adsorption rate for Pb(II) in single metal solution with the maximum adsorption capacity of 94.41 ± 7.56 mg g−1 at pH 6.0. Moreover, the FRKE still maintained its adsorption advantage of Pb(II) in the mixed metal solution. The FRKF exhibited a considerable potential in removal of metal content in wastewater streams.


Kapok fiber Fenton reaction Pb(II) Adsorption Langmuir Freundlich 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Biotechnology, College of Environmental and Bioresource SciencesChonbuk National UniversityIksanSouth Korea
  2. 2.Seohae Environment Science InstituteJeonjuSouth Korea
  3. 3.EST & ES, Inc.FullertonUSA
  4. 4.Division of Semiconductor and Chemical EngineeringChonbuk National UniversityJeonjuSouth Korea
  5. 5.Department of Earth and Environmental EngineeringKangwon National UniversitySamcheokSouth Korea

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