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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 259819, 5 pages
Research Article

Removal of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Effluent Using Fixed Bed of Groundnut Shell Powder

Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical and Biotechnology, SASTRA University, Thirumalaisamudram 613 401, Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur, India

Received 27 January 2012; Revised 27 April 2012; Accepted 17 May 2012

Academic Editor: Subrata Mondal

Copyright © 2013 Sunil Kumar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Removal of methylene blue from aqueous solution using a low-cost adsorbent groundnut shell powder (GNSP) was studied using fixed bed. Bed service depth model and Thomas model were employed to study the adsorption kinetics and to predict break-through curves for the system. Both models fit the experimental data very well with very high R2 values. Percentage color removal increased with increase in bed height. It was found that adsorption potential of GNSP was in the range of 0.238 to 0.272 kg/kg of adsorbent. These results show that the GNSP can be effectively used as low-cost alternate adsorbent for the removal of pollutants from aqueous streams.