Study of Zn, Cd, and Pb Adsorption Using Chitin Extracted from Lobsters from Oman Sea

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assoc. Prof. of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran

2 . MSc Graduate of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran


Lobster shells from Konarak Port were collected in October 2002, purified, and dried for the purposes of the present study. Chitin was extracted from the shellsusing the common chemical processes of demineralization, proteinzation, and decolonization, beforepurificationwith 1% CH3COOH and 1% NaCl to obatin an extract containing 12% (w/w) chitin. Chitin composition was determined using FT-IR, X-Ray powder diffraction, BET, and C.H.N.S analysis. The FT-IR spectrum of the extracted chitin was corresponded well to the Merck standard one, indicating that it is a linear polymer of N-acetyl-D- glucosamine on which metal ions can be adsorbed. Kinetic study of chitin’s reaction with Zn+2 at pH=6.75 and an ionic strength of 0.02 M indicated that adsorption equilibrium was reached within six hours of mixing. Adsorption Langmuir isotherms for a solution of Zn+2, Cd+2, and Pb+2 ions at an initial concentration of 2×103 M were determined for an ionic strenght of 0.02 M, different pH levels, and at ambient temparature using the discontinued in-pot method. The maximum amounts of metal ions adsorbed on chitin at pH= 6.75 were measured to be 0.119 mol/kg for Cd+2, 0.714 mol/kg for Zn+2, and 1.630 mol/Kg for Pb+2. The overdyeing graphs, Cs= f (pH), show that the adsorption capacity of chitin is influenced by such factors as pH, reaction time, metal ion concantration, and adsorbent particle size. Thus, chitin as a non-toxic natural polymer may be highly recommended for water detoxification from heavy metal ions.


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