Sorption kinetics of zinc and nickel on modified chitosan

  • Nimisha Tripathi
  • Girish Choppala
  • Raj S. Singh
  • Prashant Srivastava
  • Balaji Seshadri


This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of equilibration time on adsorption of zinc [Zn(II)] and nickel [Ni(II)] on pure and modified chitosan beads. The initial adsorption of Zn(II) was high on molybdenum (Mo)-impregnated chitosan beads (MoCB) during the initial 60 min. However, after 240 min, Zn(II) adsorption occurred more on single super phosphate chitosan beads (SSPCB), followed by monocalcium phosphate chitosan beads (MCPCB), untreated pure chitosan beads (UCB), and MoCB. Similarly, Ni(II) adsorption was greatest on MoCB during the initial 60 min. At the conclusion of the experiment (at 240 min), the greatest adsorption was occurred on MCPCB, followed by MoCB, UCB, and SSPCB. Chemical sorption and intra-particle diffusion were probably the dominant processes responsible for Zn(II) and Ni(II) sorption onto chitosan beads. The results demonstrated that modified chitosan beads were effective in adsorbing Zn and Ni and hence, could be used for the removal of these toxic metals from soil.


Chitosan Contamination Heavy metals Adsorption Kinetic models 



The senior author is grateful to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Australia, for funding the Endeavor Research Award, and to Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, CSIR, Dhanbad India, in support of this award. The authors are grateful to Prof. Nanthi S. Bolan for insights on this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nimisha Tripathi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Girish Choppala
    • 4
  • Raj S. Singh
    • 2
  • Prashant Srivastava
    • 1
    • 5
  • Balaji Seshadri
    • 5
  1. 1.Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, Building–XUniversity of South AustraliaMawson LakesAustralia
  2. 2.Central Institute of Mining and Fuel ResearchDhanbadIndia
  3. 3.University of GreenwichKentUK
  4. 4.Southern Cross GeoScienceSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia
  5. 5.Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), Faculty of Science and Information TechnologyThe University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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