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Equilibrium and kinetic mechanisms of woody biochar on aqueous glyphosate removal

TitleEquilibrium and kinetic mechanisms of woody biochar on aqueous glyphosate removal
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMayakaduwa, S. S., Kumarathilaka Prasanna, Herath Indika, Ahmad Mahtab, Al-Wabel Mohammed, Ok Yong Sik, Usman Adel, Abduljabbar Adel, and Vithanage Meththika
Date Published9/2015

We investigated the removal of aqueous glyphosate using woody (dendro) biochar obtained as a waste by product from bioenergy industry. Equilibrium isotherms and kinetics data were obtained by adsorption experiments. Glyphosate adsorption was strongly pH dependent occurring maximum in the pH range of 5–6. The protonated amino moiety of the glyphosate molecule at this pH may interact with π electron rich biochar surface via π–π electron donor–acceptor interactions. Isotherm data were best fitted to the Freundlich and Temkin models indicating multilayer sorption of glyphosate. The maximum adsorption capacity of dendro biochar for glyphosate was determined by the isotherm modeling to be as 44 mg/g. Adsorption seemed to be quite fast, reaching the equilibrium <1 h. Pseudo-second order model was found to be the most effective in describing kinetics whereas the rate limiting step possibly be chemical adsorption involving valence forces through sharing or exchanging electrons between the adsorbent and sorbate. The FTIR spectral analysis indicated the involvement of functional groups such as phenolic, amine, carboxylic and phosphate in adsorption. Hence, a heterogeneous chemisorption process between adsorbate molecules and functional groups on biochar surface can be suggested as the mechanisms involved in glyphosate removal.

Short TitleChemosphere