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Competitive adsorption isotherm modelling of heterocyclic nitrogenous compounds, pyridine and quinoline, onto granular activated carbon and bagasse fly ash

D. Rameshraja, Vimal Chandra Srivastava, Jai Prakash Kushwaha, and Indra Deo Mall

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Roorkee, India



Abstract: In the present study, simultaneous adsorption of quinoline and pyridine onto adsorbents such as granular activated carbon (GAC) and bagasse fly ash (BFA) from pyridine–quinoline binary aqueous solution was studied at various temperatures (288–318 K). Gathered equilibrium adsorption data were further analysed using various multicomponent competitive isotherm models such as non-modified and modified competitive Langmuir isotherms, extended-Langmuir isotherm, extended-Freundlich model, Sheindorf–Rebuhn–Sheintuch (SRS) model, and non-modified and modified competitive Redlich–Peterson isotherm model. It was observed that increase in pyridine concentration decreased the total adsorption yield and the individual adsorption yield for both the quinoline and pyridine for both the adsorbents GAC and BFA at all the temperatures studied. Identical trend was observed during the equilibrium uptake of pyridine on to GAC and BFA with an increase in quinoline concentration. The extended-Freundlich model satisfactorily represented the binary adsorption equilibrium data of quinoline and pyridine onto GAC and BFA.

Keywords: Quinoline ; Pyridine ; Binary adsorption ; Granular activated carbon ; Bagasse fly ash 

Full paper is available at

DOI: 10.1007/s11696-017-0321-6


Chemical Papers 72 (3) 617–628 (2018)

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