Equilibrium and kinetic modeling of chromium(VI) biosorption by Aeromonas caviae
Biosorption of hexavalent chromium, from aqueous solutions, on Aeromonas caviae particles was investigated in a well-stirred batch reactor. Equilibrium and kinetic experiments were performed at various initial bulk concentrations, biomass loads, temperatures and ionic background. Equilibrium data were well described by typical Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms. Furthermore, a detailed analysis has been conducted testing several chemical reaction kinetic models in order to identify a suitable kinetic equation, assuming that biosorption is chemical sorption controlled. Predictions based on the so-called pseudo second order rate expression were found in satisfactory accordance with experimental data.
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