Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 23, pp 24143–24161 | Cite as

Arsenic removal by copper-impregnated natural mineral tufa part II: a kinetics and column adsorption study

  • Krstimir Pantić
  • Zoran J. Bajić
  • Zlate S. Veličković
  • Jovica Z. Nešić
  • Maja B. ĐolićEmail author
  • Nataša Z. Tomić
  • Aleksandar D. Marinković
Research Article


This batch and column kinetics study of arsenic removal utilized copper-impregnated natural mineral tufa (T–Cu(A–C)) under three ranges of particle size. Non-competitive kinetic data fitted by the Weber–Morris model and the single resistance mass transfer model, i.e., mass transfer coefficient kfa and diffusion coefficient (Deff) determination, defined intra-particle diffusion as the dominating rate controlling step. Kinetic activation parameters, derived from pseudo-second-order rate constants, showed low dependence on adsorbent geometry/morphology and porosity, while the diffusivity of the pores was significant to removal efficacy. The results of competitive arsenic adsorption in a multi-component system of phosphate, chromate, or silicate showed effective arsenic removal using T–Cu adsorbents. The high adsorption rate—pseudo-second-order constants in the range 0.509–0.789 g mg−1 min−1 for As(V) and 0.304–0.532 g mg1 min1 for As(III)—justified further application T–Cu(A–C) in a flow system. The fixed-bed column adsorption data was fitted using empirical Bohart–Adams, Yoon–Nelson, Thomas, and dose–response models to indicate capacities and breakthrough time dependence on arsenic influent concentration and the flow rate. Pore surface diffusion modeling (PSDM), following bed-column testing, further determined adsorbent capacities and mass transport under applied hydraulic loading rates.


Arsenite Arsenate Copper Column study Adsorption Modeling 


Funding information

The authors acknowledge receiving financial support from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Developments of the Republic of Serbia, Project No. III45019, III43009, OI172057, and University of Defense, Republic of Serbia, project VA-TT/4/16-18.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Technology and MetallurgyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Military AcademyBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Military Technical InstituteBelgradeSerbia
  4. 4.Innovation Centre of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy in Belgrade dooBelgradeSerbia

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