Environmental Earth Sciences

, 78:121 | Cite as

Elucidation of preferential elimination of Cr(VI) via bioinspired adsorbents: a comparative assessment

  • Soumya Banerjee
  • Sanghamitra Barman
  • Gopinath HalderEmail author
Original Article


The present study investigates uptake of Cr(VI) from synthetic metal solution by superheated steam-activated biochar (SABC) made from roots of Colocasia esculenta and synthetic zeolite (ZRHA) prepared from rice husk ash under the influence of pH (1–7), adsorbent dose (1–100 mg/L), initial Cr(VI) concentration (5–190 mg/L), temperature (15–55 °C), agitation speed (100–170 rpm) for a contact time of 30–1440 min. ZRHA and SABC were able to remove metal ions from a stock solution of 90 and 110 mg/L of Cr(VI) with a removal of 85.89% and 94.8%, respectively. Metal ion adsorption onto zeolite ZRHA followed monolayer adsorption, whereas biochar SABC employed multilayer adsorption. Kinetic studies suggested that adsorption of Cr(VI) ions could follow both physisorption and chemisorption depending on the adsorbent used. The two-compartment dynamic model study revealed Cr(VI) adhesion followed a slow phase of adsorption which suggested intraparticle diffusion to be a prominent rate-limiting factor for both cases. The thermodynamic study claimed that Cr(VI) adsorption was a temperature dependent phenomenon. Instrumental studies by TEM, SEM, EDX and FT-IR also advocated their part on Cr(VI) removal. Also, crystallinity of both the adsorbents was determined from their XRD analysis. Thus, the current study promotes both ZRHA and SABC to be a promising adsorbent for Cr(VI) removal from contaminated aqueous solution.


Cr(VI) contamination Adsorption Zeolite Activated biochar Intraparticle diffusion Cost estimation 



The authors convey their sincere thankfulness to the Department of Biotechnology (Govt. of India) through project no: BT/484/NE/TBP/2013, for their uninterrupted financial support towards completion of this present work. The authors with equal sincerity express their gratefulness to the Department of Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology for assisting with fundamental recourses required for incessant execution of the work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soumya Banerjee
    • 1
  • Sanghamitra Barman
    • 2
  • Gopinath Halder
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringNational Institute of TechnologyDurgapurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringThapar Institute of Engineering and TechnologyPatialaIndia

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