Removal of boron from aqueous solution using calcined magnesite tailing


CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, vol.189, pp.68-74, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 189
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cej.2012.02.025
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.68-74
  • Keywords: Boron removal, Adsorption, Calcined magnesite tailing, Isotherm, Kinetics, SORPTION, WATER, ADSORPTION, PB(II), PORE
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


The present work was undertaken to explore the effectiveness of using calcined magnesite tailing for removal of boron ions from aqueous solutions. The effects of calcination temperature, initial pH, adsorbent dosage, contact time and temperature on boron removal were studied. The optimum calcination temperature was 600 degrees C and the optimum pH was 6.0. The contact time was about 420 min to reach adsorption equilibrium. The experimental data were analyzed by Langmuir and Freundlich equations. The Langmuir isotherm model was found to describe adequately the adsorption process. Pseudo first order kinetic model, pseudo second order kinetic model and intraparticle diffusion model were used to describe kinetic of boron adsorption onto calcined magnesite tailing. The experimental data fitted very well the pseudo second order kinetic model. The boron adsorption was determined to be endothermic in nature and thermodynamically favorable. The results showed that calcined magnesite tailing is a suitable adsorbent for the removal of boron from aqueous solutions. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.