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Assessment of kinetics, thermodynamics and equilibrium parameters of Cr(VI) biosorption onto Pinus brutia Ten

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The aim of the present study was to investigate the sorption potential of pine bark (Pinus brutia Ten.) for removal of Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solutions. The biosorption characteristics of Cr(VI) ions onto bark biomass were examined with respect to the changes in initial pH of the solution, contact time, initial Cr(VI) and bark concentration, bark particle size, temperature, etc. The biosorption isotherms were described by means of Langmuir and Freundlich models and the biosorption kinetics were analysed using pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order and intraparticle diffusion models. The thermodynamic parameters proved that the process was feasible, spontaneous and endothermic in nature.

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