Biosorption of heavy metals from wastewater by biosolids

Orhan Y., Hrenovic J., Buyukgungor H.

ENGINEERING IN LIFE SCIENCES, vol.6, no.4, pp.399-402, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/elsc.200520135
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.399-402
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


In a study where the removal of heavy metals from wastewater is the primary aim, the biosorption of heavy metals onto biosolids prepared as Pseudomonas aeruginosa immobilized onto granular activated carbon was investigated in batch and column systems. In the batch system, adsorption equilibriums of heavy metals were reached between 20 and 50 min, and the optimal dosage of biosolids was 0.3 g/L. The biosorption efficiencies were 84, 80, 79, 59 and 42% for Cr(VI), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Cd(II) ions, respectively. The rate constants of biosorption and pore diffusion of heavy metals were 0.013- 0.089 min(-1) and 0.020-0.690 min(-0.5). In the column systems, the biosorption efficiencies for all heavy metals increased up to 81-100%. The affinity of biosorption for various metal ions towards biosolids was decreased in the order: Cr = Ni > Cu > Zn > Cd.