Modeling of Biosorption Processes

  • Khim Hoong Chu
  • Yung-Tse Hung
Part of the Handbook of Environmental Engineering book series (HEE, volume 11)


Biosorption entails the use of microbial or plant biomass, usually inactivated, to remove toxic metal ions in aqueous solutions. It is particularly effective in dealing with low concentration, high volume metal waste streams. Although biosorption processes have not yet been commercialized to any significant extent, they offer a promising area for future developments. This chapter presents several process models that can facilitate the design and analysis of batch and fixed bed biosorption systems.


Breakthrough Curve Biosorption Process Axial Dispersion Equilibrium Isotherm Initial Metal Concentration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khim Hoong Chu
    • 1
  • Yung-Tse Hung
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

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