Comparative study on heavy metal removal from industrial effluents by various separation methods

Dóra Németh, Jalel Labidi, László Gubicza, Katalin Bélafi-Bakó

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Removal of heavy metal ions from industrial effluents can be carried out by various separation processes. In this work the aims were (i) to manufacture ion exchange particles from lignocellulotic materials formed as a waste in bio-processes, like biodiesel production from rapeseed; (ii) to apply these particles for copper ions removal and (iii) to compare the effectiveness of the process with different separation techniques: adsorption with chelating and complexationultrafiltation method. In our laboratory ion exchange materials based on lignocellulosic substances was planned to prepare and study. Our aims was to convert the macromolecules of starch- and cellulose-containing materials with the intake of different ionic groups according to the guidelines of the ‘green’ chemistry into polyelectrolytes, which have an adsorptive and ion-exchange capacity much higher than that of the original matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-246
Number of pages5
JournalDesalination and Water Treatment
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • Adsorption
  • Agro-waste
  • Biobased
  • Ion exchange
  • Rapeseed
  • Ultrafiltration
  • Water treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Pollution

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