Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 8, pp 7709–7718 | Cite as

Efficient removal of Hg2+ in aqueous solution with fishbone charcoal as adsorbent

  • Jishan Wu
  • Eustaquia De Antonio Mario
  • Bingqiao YangEmail author
  • Chang Liu
  • Feifei Jia
  • Shaoxian SongEmail author
Research Article


The Hg2+ removal performance of fishbone charcoal prepared from discarded fishbone has been investigated in this work. The XRD, FTIR, and BET results demonstrated that the main composition of fishbone charcoal was hydroxyapatite and the specific surface area was 117 m2/g. The adsorption experiments indicated that fishbone charcoal had an extremely high adsorption capacity for Hg2+ (243.77 mg/g). The excellent Hg2+ adsorption capacity might be ascribed to the ion exchange of Hg2+ to the Ca2+ in the structure of fishbone charcoal, complexation of Hg2+ with ≡Ca(OH)2+ on the surface of fishbone charcoal, as well as electrostatic interaction between electronegative fishbone charcoal surface and cation Hg2+. This work transformed kitchen garbage (i.e., fishbone) into an effective mercury adsorbent with considerable capacity, giving a perspective sight for the utilization of solid waste.


Mercury adsorption Fishbone charcoal Ion exchange Surface complexation Electrostatic interaction 


Funding information

The financial support for this work from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51704220 and 51704212), Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province (2016CFA013), and Wuhan Science and Technology Bureau (2016070204020156) were gratefully acknowledged.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Resources and Environmental EngineeringWuhan University of TechnologyWuhanChina
  2. 2.School of Resource and Civil EngineeringWuhan Institute of TechnologyWuhanChina
  3. 3.Hubei Key Laboratory of Mineral Resources Processing and EnvironmentWuhanChina
  4. 4.Hubei Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center for High Efficient Utilization of Vanadium ResourcesWuhanChina

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