American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Industrial Waste-an Economical Approach for Adsorption of Heavy Metals from Ground Water

Margherita Pettinato, Debolina Mukherjee, Silvestro Andreoli, Eros Rosalbino Minardi, Vincenza Calabro, Stefano Curcio and Sudip Chakraborty

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2015.48.56

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 8, Issue 1

Pages 48-56

Abstract

A by product from steel industry mainly known as blast furnace slag is a waste product which was tested for the removal of As(III), from ground water. Steel slag is a commercial waste material mainly consisting of SiO2, Al2O3 and CaO, the former two chemicals being major components of zeolites and the latter a major component of Hydroxyapatite (HAP). Arsenic is highly toxic, mobile and predominant species present in groundwater. Batch experiment was performed to determine the feasibility of steel industry waste as an adsorbent for treatment of heavy metal present in ground water at a wide range of pH 3-12. The results suggest that steel slag is a suitable candidate for As(V) remediation and economically viable to apply in the areas where cost of a purification process is high.

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© 2015 Margherita Pettinato, Debolina Mukherjee, Silvestro Andreoli, Eros Rosalbino Minardi, Vincenza Calabro, Stefano Curcio and Sudip Chakraborty. 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.