Phenol adsorption from wastewater using cashew nut shells as adsorbent

Kartik Kulkarni, Varsha Sudheer, C. R. Girish

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The potential of agricultural waste cashew nut shells as an adsorbent for removing phenol from wastewater is presented in this paper. The adsorbent was treated with 3M sulphuric acid in order to improve the properties. The experimental parameters such as adsorbent dosage, concentration and temperature were optimized with response surface methodology (RSM). The isotherm data were tested with different isotherm models and it obeyed Freundlich Isotherm showing the multilayer adsorption. The kinetic data satisfied pseudo-first order kinetic model. The maximum adsorption capacity was calculated to be 35.08 mg/g proving the capability of cashew nut shells for removing phenol from wastewater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)966-969
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering and Technology(UAE)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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