Quartz Mineral as new Sorbent for Hg(II) Removal from Aqueous Solution: Adsorption Kinetics and Isotherm

Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Department of Matter Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Tamanrasset 11000, Tamanghasset, Algeria

2 Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Tamanrasset 11000, Tamanrasset, Algeria



Natural quartz mineral was examined as a new sorbent for Hg(II) removal from synthetic wastewater systems. Batch adsorption experiments of Hg(II)  onto quartz mineral were conducted under various conditions such as solution pH, sorbent dosage, contact time, initial Hg(II)  concentration. Adsorption experiments results of Hg(II) by quartz mineral showed good achievement after 180 min with 1.0 g/L sorbent mass at pH of 2.0, agitation speed of 200 rpm and a temperature of 25°C. Moreover, the Hg(II) concentration was directly related to increases the adsorption capacity, the maximum Hg(II) uptake by quartz  sample was 16.52 mg/g for 80 mg/L (C0 (Hg(II)].  Langmuir isotherm and pseudo-second-order kinetics (R2 > 0.99) were found to be the most appropriate models to describe the adsorption of Hg(II) by quartz mineral. The intra-particle diffusion model and the calculated Dubinin–Radushkevich adsorption energy (Eads = 0.78 kJmol-1), confirms a physisorption adsorption reaction occurring in three stages.


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