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Competitive adsorption of metal ions from solutions by low-cost organic materials


The competitive adsorption of Hg, Cu, Ni, Cd, and Zn by softwood sawdust, corncobs, and ground scrap rubber was investigated. It is concluded that these materials which are abundant, widespread, and low cost, are potentially useful in removing various metal ions from wastewater solutions.

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Henderson, R.W., Lightsey, G.R. & Poonawala, N.A. Competitive adsorption of metal ions from solutions by low-cost organic materials. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 18, 340–344 (1977).

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  • Solid Waste
  • Sawdust
  • Rubber Particle
  • Competitive Adsorption
  • Land Application