Biosorption as Environmentally Friendly Technique for Heavy Metal Removal from Wastewater

  • Saraswati Saini
  • Jaskaran Kaur Gill
  • Jagdeep Kaur
  • Hridoy Ranjan Saikia
  • Navdeep Singh
  • Inderpreet Kaur
  • Jatinder Kaur Katnoria


Water is an essential element of all the life forms and is a universal solvent that may contain miscellany of toxic as well as non toxic substances. Due to increasing population and urbanization, there has been substantially a great burden on the water ecosystem. Apart from these, water ecosystems are also exposed to significant quantity of contaminants released from agricultural and industrial practices which consequently cause serious health problems. Presence of contaminants in ground water along with surface water is of serious concern. Heavy metals, considered as non-degradable pollutants, are responsible to induce various types of diseases in human beings on consumption of contaminated water. Many techniques such as membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, chemical precipitation, physical methods (boiling and sand bed filtration), carbon/activated carbon adsorption, phytoremediation and biosorption have been extensively used for treatment of wastewater. Biosoption, among various types of treatments, is recognized as an environmental friendly tool to remediate the wastewater. The present review focuses on removal of heavy metals using different biosorbents.


Heavy metals Remediation Biosorbents Adsorption process Environment and health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saraswati Saini
    • 1
  • Jaskaran Kaur Gill
    • 1
  • Jagdeep Kaur
    • 1
  • Hridoy Ranjan Saikia
    • 1
  • Navdeep Singh
    • 1
  • Inderpreet Kaur
    • 2
  • Jatinder Kaur Katnoria
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botanical and Environmental SciencesGuru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Centre for advance StudiesGuru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsarIndia

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