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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 528542, 11 pages
Research Article

Thermodynamics of Biosorption for Removal of Co(II) Ions by an Efficient and Ecofriendly Biosorbent (Saccharum bengalense): Kinetics and Isotherm Modeling

1Department of Chemistry, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100, Pakistan
2Institute of Chemistry, University of Punjab, Lahore 54590, Pakistan
3Department of Chemistry, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore 54000, Pakistan

Received 12 May 2012; Revised 1 July 2012; Accepted 2 July 2012

Academic Editor: Mohammad A. Al-Ghouti

Copyright © 2013 Muhammad Imran Din 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.


In this research work, a low-cost biomass derived from the pulp of Saccharum bengalense (SB) was used as an adsorbent material/biosorbent for the removal of Co(II) ions from aqueous solution. Langmuir, Freundlich Timken, and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) adsorption isotherms have been applied to further define the mechanism of sorption. From the comparison of different adsorption isotherm models, it was found that biosorption of Co(II) by SB followed Langmuir and Freundlich models. The sorption capacity for cobalt of Saccharum bengalense was (  mg/g) at 323K. A comparison of kinetic models applied to the adsorption of Co(II) onto Saccharum bengalense was evaluated for the pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order, Elovich, and intraparticle diffusion and Bangham's kinetics models. It was found that the pseudo-second-order mechanism is predominant. Activation parameters evaluated from thermodynamics and kinetic parameters such as free energy change ,  kJ/mol), enthalpy change ,  kJ/mol), and entropy change ,  kJ/mol) revealed the spontaneous, endothermic, and feasible nature of adsorption process. The results of the present investigation suggested that Saccharum bengalense (SB) can be used as an environmentally and economically feasible biosorbent for the removal of Co(II) from aqueous solutions.