American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Hexavalent Chromium Removal by Litchi chinensis Sonn Peel

Ismael Acosta-Rodriguez, Rigoberto Martinez-Perez, Juan F. Cardenas-Gonzalez, Maria de Guadalupe Moctezuma-Zarate and Victor Manuel Martinez-Juarez

DOI : 10.3844/ajbbsp.2012.7.13

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Volume 8, Issue 1

Pages 7-13

Abstract

Problem statement: We studied the Chromium (VI) removal capacity in aqueous solution by the litchi peel. Approach: We use the diphenylcarbazide method to evaluate the metal concentration. Results: The highest biosorption of the metal (50 mg L-1) occurs within 6 min, at pH of 1 and 28°C. According to temperature, the highest removal was observed at 40 and 50°C, in 45 min, when the metal (1 g L-1) was completely adsorbed. At the analyzed concentrations of Cr (VI), litchi peel, showed excellent removal capacity, besides it removes efficiently the metal in situ (100% removal, 5 days of incubation, 5 and 10 g of biomass). After 1 h of incubation the studied biomass reduces 1.0 g of Cr (VI) with the simultaneous production of Cr (III). Conclusion: The shell can be used to eliminate it from industrial wastewater."

Copyright

© 2012 Ismael Acosta-Rodriguez, Rigoberto Martinez-Perez, Juan F. Cardenas-Gonzalez, Maria de Guadalupe Moctezuma-Zarate and Victor Manuel Martinez-Juarez. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.