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Journal of Geochemistry
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 161850, 20 pages
Research Article

Geochemical Association of Ni 2+ , Zn 2+ , Pb 2+ , Ag + , Cu 2+ , and Co 2+ Ions in Natural Pyrite

1Department of Chemistry, NNS College, Titabar, Assam 785630, India
2Analytical Chemistry Division, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Assam 785006, India
3Geoscience Division, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Assam 785006, India

Received 26 November 2013; Revised 11 March 2014; Accepted 7 April 2014; Published 7 May 2014

Academic Editor: Vladimir L. Tauson

Copyright © 2014 Mrinal K. Baruah 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.


The natures of competitive adsorption of six metal ions on the natural pyrite surface have been studied with an objective to provide strong foundations towards mode of association/occurrence of trace elements on pyritic surface. Some parameters, for instance, adsorption edge, mechanism, correlation coefficient, monolayer coverage, pH, and thermodynamic parameters, have been considered here. The significant results are the order of increasing trend of adsorption edges which has been found to be Pb2+ < Cu2+ < Ni2+ < Zn2+ < Co2+ < Ag+. Nonuniformity in variation of adsorption edge of a particular metal ion in presence of a second metal ion in solution is evident from the study. However, in case of Ag2+ and Co2+ ions two adsorption edges are observed. These variations have been explained based on the formation of hydroxo complexes which are pH dependent. The competitive monolayer coverage of each metal ion as a function of pH has shown variation in the extent of adsorption. Computed higher correlation coefficient in a binary system indicates retardation in adsorption of metal ion in presence of a second metal ion. Further the adsorption of metal ions on pyrite surface showed exothermic processes due to the spontaneous nature at low temperature. Our study has strongly revealed promising adsorbent characteristics of natural pyrite with considerable geochemical and environmental implications.