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Orange peel
Removal of heavy metal
Selenium-contaminated water
Breakthrough curve

Batch and fixed-bed column studies of selenite removal from   contaminated water by orange peel-based sorbent

Bárbara Pérez Mora a, b, Fernando A. Bertoni a, b, María F. Mangiameli a, b, Juan C. González a, b, Sebastián E. Bellúa, b, *

a Faculty of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, National University of Rosario, Rosario S2002LRK, Argentina
b Chemistry Institute of Rosario, National Council of Scientific and Technological Research, Rosario S2002LRK, Argentina


Orange peel is a biomass derived from citrus processing with desirable properties for metal sorption. In recent years, orange peel has been used to remove various heavy metals and toxic oxyanions. Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element for mammals. However, when the concentration of selenium exceeds an umbral limit, it becomes toxic. In this study, orange peel was used to treat Se(IV)-contaminated water. A high sorption capacity of 32.5 mg/g was obtained at the temperature of 20ºC and a pH of 2.0. Hydroxyl groups took actions to bind Se(IV) to the surface of the orange peel. The sorption process was spontaneous and endothermic. A chemical sorption mechanism was involved in the removal of Se(IV). The Thomas and modified dose-response models were used to simulate the experimental breakthrough curves. The bed depth service time model was used to calculate the critical bed depth (), and the calculated  value was 1.6 cm. This study reveals that orange peel is a useful sorbent for Se(IV), and it is appropriate for the purification of Se(IV)-contaminated water.

Keywords Sorption   Orange peel   Removal of heavy metal   Selenium-contaminated water   Sorbent   Breakthrough curve  
Received 2020-02-28 Revised 2020-10-26 Online: 2020-12-30 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wse.2020.12.003

This work was supported by the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion (Grant No. PICT 2016-1611), Santa Fe Province Agency of Science, Technology and Innovation (Grant No. AC 2015-0005), and National University of Rosario (Grant No. BIO517).

Corresponding Authors: Sebastián E. Bellú
Email: bellu@iquir-conicet.gov.ar, sbellu@fbioyf.unr.edu.ar
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