Kinetics of adsorption of Co(II) removal from water and wastewater by ion exchange resins

S. Rengaraj, Seung Hyeon Moon*

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The capacity of ion exchange resins, IRN77 and SKN1, for removal of cobalt from aqueous solution has been investigated under different conditions namely initial solution pH, initial metal-ion concentration, and contact time. The equilibrium data obtained in this study have been found to fit both the Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms. The adsorption of Co(II) on these resins follows first-order reversible kinetics. The film diffusion of Co(II) in these ion exchange resins was shown to be the main rate limiting step. The studies showed that these cation exchange resins can be used as efficient adsorbent material for the removal of Co(II) from aqueous solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1783-1793
Number of pages11
JournalWater Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption isotherms
  • Adsorption kinetics
  • Cobalt(II)
  • Ion exchange resin
  • Wastewater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecological Modelling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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