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Revista U.D.C.A Actualidad & Divulgación Científica

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CASTELLAR, Grey; ANGULO, Edgardo; ZAMBRANO, Alejandra  e  CHARRIS, Dianis. ADSORPTION EQUILIBRIUM OF METHYLENE BLUE DYE ON ACTIVATED CARBON. rev.udcaactual.divulg.cient. [online]. 2013, vol.16, n.1, pp.263-271. ISSN 0123-4226.

Synthetic dyes are an important class of organic compounds, which unfortunately are agents affecting the ecology, often found in the environment as a result of their widespread industrial use. The disposal of these dyes into water resources should be avoided, therefore different treatment techniques are used, being adsorption one of the most employed. This paper presents a study on the adsorption of methylene blue dye (MB) in aqueous solution on granular activated carbon(GAC) at 25°C. Batch experiments were conducted to determine the effect of the initial concentration (300-1100mg dm-3) and pH (4-8), on the adsorption capacity and rate of removal. The results show that the amount of MB removed increases when increasing both the initial concentration and pH. The equilibrium isotherms were analyzed based on the Langmuir and Freundlich equations using the correlation coefficient. The experimental results showed a satisfactory fit to the Langmuir isotherm. The values of maximum adsorption capacity of MB in monolayer obtained were 76.3, 79.4, 80.6, 83.3 and 87mg g-1 at pH 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 respectively.

Palavras-chave : Synthetic dyes; contamination; activated carbon; adsorption isotherms.

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