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    • ISSN: 2010-0221 (Print)
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Chem. Eng. Appl.
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJCEA
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Prof. Dr. Shen-Ming Chen
National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

IJCEA 2010 Vol.1(1): 84-89 ISSN: 2010-0221
DOI: 10.7763/IJCEA.2010.V1.14

Optimization of Nickel and Copper Ions Removal by Modified Mangrove Barks

Rozaini C. A., Jain K., Oo C. W., Tan K. W., Tan L. S, Azraa A., and Tong K. S.
Abstract—Mangrove barks Rhizophora apiculata which have been chemically modified in basic condition were used as adsorbent for the removal of nickel and copper ions from aqueous solution. The adsorbent was characterized by SEM images, FT-IR and BET analysis. Effecting parameters like initial pH, initial concentrations of metal ions and contact time were investigated. The adsorption data were well fitted by Freundlich isotherm model. Kinetic data were best described by pseudo-second-order model. Thermodynamic studies showed spontaneous and exothermic nature in the adsorption of Ni(II) and Cu(II) ions by the modified mangrove barks.

Index Terms—Adsorption, Copper, Nickel, Rhizophora apiculata

Rozaini C. A., Jain K., Oo C. W., Tan K. W. are from School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang 11800, Malaysia. (Tel: +604-6574854; e-mail:


Cite: Rozaini C. A., Jain K., Oo C. W., Tan K. W., Tan L. S, Azraa A. and Tong K. S., "Optimization of Nickel and Copper   Ions   Removal   by  Modified  Mangrove  Barks,"  Internatinal  Journal  of  Chemical  Engineering  and
vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 84-89, 2010.

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