American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Uptake and Recovery of Lead by Agarose Gel Polymers

Anurag Pandey, Anupam Shukla and Lalitagauri Ray

DOI : 10.3844/ajbbsp.2009.14.20

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Volume 5, Issue 1

Pages 14-20


Problem statement: The uptake and recovery of lead ions were investigated by using agarose gel polymers. Approach: The experimental results showed that the agarose gel were effective in removing Pb (II) from solution. Biosorption equilibrium was approached within 4 h. Pseudo second-order was applicable to all the sorption data over the entire time range. Results: The sorption data conformed well to both the Langmuir and the Freundlich isotherm model. The maximum adsorption capacity (qmax) onto agarose gel was 115 mg g-1 for Pb (II). The maximum uptake of metal ions was obtained at pH 2.0. At temperature 35°C, the biosorption of metal ions was found to be highest, with increase or decrease in temperature resulted in a decrease in the metal ions uptake capacity. Conclusion: Elution experiments were carried out to remove Pb (II) ions from loaded agarose gel and the bound metal ions could be eluted successfully using 0.1 M EDTA solution. The results suggest that agarose gel can be used as a biosorbent for an efficient removal of Pb(II) ions from aqueous solution.


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