Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 797–805 | Cite as

Pb2+ adsorption by a compost obtained from the treatment of tobacco from smuggled cigarettes and industrial sewage sludge

  • Daniele Cristina Hass Seremeta
  • Cleber Pinto da Silva
  • Rosimara Zittel
  • Sandro Xavier de Campos
Research Article


The adsorption of Pb2+ by a compost obtained from the treatment of tobacco from smuggled cigarettes (SCT) and industrial sewage sludge (ISS) was investigated. The Pb2+ adsorption process was evaluated as function of different concentrations of adsorbent and adsorbate, pH variations, and contact time. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX) were adopted to obtain information regarding structural changes and a better understanding of the adsorption mechanism. The adsorbent maximum adsorption capacity for Pb2+, calculated using the Sips equation, was 21.454 mg/g with 3 g/L adsorbent at pH 5. The adsorption kinetics best adjustment was obtained using the pseudo-second-order model with a time of 240 min to reach the adsorption equilibrium. FTIR and EDX results suggest that Pb2+ might have bonded to phenolic, carboxylic, hydroxyl, and amine groups; they also show formation of organometallic complexes and cationic exchange between the compost and the solution. The study confirmed that the compost evaluated can be used as a potential adsorbent in environments contaminated with Pb2+.


Adsorption Compost Pb2+ removal Isotherms 



This research is supported by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) (Coordination for higher education staff development). The authors are thankful to CLABMU/PROPESP of Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG) (Multiuser Laboratory of State University of Ponta Grossa) for providing equipment and technical support during the analyses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniele Cristina Hass Seremeta
    • 1
  • Cleber Pinto da Silva
    • 1
  • Rosimara Zittel
    • 1
  • Sandro Xavier de Campos
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Group on Environmental and Sanitary Analytical ChemistryState University of Ponta Grossa (UEPG)Ponta GrossaBrazil

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