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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 953968, 6 pages
Research Article

Removal of Pb(II) Ions in Fixed-Bed Column from Electroplating Wastewater of Bursa, an Industrial City in Turkey

1Department of Chemistry, Uludağ University, Görükle, 16059 Bursa, Turkey
2Department of Environmental Engineering, Uludağ University, Görükle, 16059 Bursa, Turkey

Received 14 May 2013; Accepted 16 August 2013

Academic Editor: Carlos Guerrero-Sanchez

Copyright © 2013 Ali Kara 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 Pb(II) ions from electroplating wastewater of Bursa, an industrial city in Turkey, was investigated in fixed-bed column. The experiments were conducted to study the effect of important design parameters such as column bed height and flow rate. The breakthrough profiles were obtained in these studies. At a bed height of 14 cm and flow rate of 6 mL/min, the metal-uptake capacity of poly(ethylene glycol dimethacrylate-1-vinylimidazole) [poly(EGDMA-VIM)] beads for Pb(II) ions was found to be 90 mg/g. Bed Depth Service Time (BDST) model was used to analyse the experimental data and evaluate the performance of adsorption column. For various flow rates, adsorption capacity per unit bed volume ( ) and adsorption rate constant ( ) are in the range of 2370–3560 mg/mL and 0.0225–0.0616 L/mg h, respectively. The saturated column was easily regenerated by 0.1 M HNO3 and the poly(EGDMA-VIM) beads in fixed-bed column could be reused for Pb(II) ions removal.