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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 7 (2010), S1, Pages S419-S427

Adsorption Kinetics for the Removal of Fluoride from Aqueous Solution by Activated Carbon Adsorbents Derived from the Peels of Selected Citrus Fruits

C. Chakrapani, Ch. Suresh Babu, K. N. K. Vani, and K. Somasekhara Rao

Department of Chemistry, Acharya Nagarjuna University-Nuzvid Campus, Nuzvid-521201, India

Received 20 May 2009; Accepted 15 July 2009

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Activated carbons (ACs) were prepared from the peels of Citrus documana, Citrus medica and Citrus aurantifolia fruits. Adsorption of fluoride onto these activated carbons was investigated. Effect of contact time in the removal of fluoride from aqueous solution at neutral pH was studied. Five kinetic models; the pseudo first- and second-order equations, intraparticle diffusion, pore diffusion and the Elovich equation, were selected to follow adsorption process. Adsorption of fluoride onto adsorbents could be described by pseudo second-order equation. Kinetic parameters; rate constants, equilibrium adsorption capacities and correlation coefficients, for each kinetic equation were calculated and discussed. The good fitting of kinetic data to pore diffusion and Elovich equations indicate that pore diffusion plays a vital role in controlling the rate of the reaction.