Journal of Polymers and the Environment

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 148–158 | Cite as

Assessment of Potential Capability of Water Bamboo Leaves on the Adsorption Removal Efficiency of Cationic Dye from Aqueous Solutions

  • Lin Zhu
  • Ya Wang
  • Taotao He
  • Liangjun You
  • Xiangqian Shen
Original Paper


Removal of toxic pollutants from water and wastewater is becoming an important process with the increase of industrial activities. The present study focused on assessing the suitability and efficiency of water bamboo leaves (WBL) for the removal of cationic dye from aqueous solutions. The effect of different variables in the batch method including solution pH (2–12), initial dye concentration (50–250 mg L−1), adsorbent dose (0.05–0.30 g), contact time (5–180 min) and temperature (283–333 K) on the dye removal was investigated. The adsorption kinetics was discussed in view of four kinetics models. The results showed that the pseudo-second-order kinetics model described dye adsorption on WBL very well. The experimental equilibrium data were also tested by four isotherm models. It was found that adsorption of dye on WBL fitted well with the Langmuir isotherm model, implying the binding energy on the whole surface of the adsorbent was uniform and the dye molecules onto the surface of the adsorbent were monolayer coverage. Calculation of various thermodynamic parameters of the adsorption process indicated feasibility and exothermic nature of dye adsorption.


Water bamboo leaves Methylene blue Adsorption Kinetics Isotherm Thermodynamic 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20130511), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51274106), and the Project Funded by the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lin Zhu
    • 1
  • Ya Wang
    • 1
  • Taotao He
    • 1
  • Liangjun You
    • 1
  • Xiangqian Shen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Polymer Materials, School of Materials Science and EngineeringJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangChina

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