The application of pine-based adsorbents to remove potentially toxic elements from aqueous solutions

Katerina Philippou, Ioannis Anastopoulos, Ioannis Pashalidis, Ahmad Hosseini-Bandegharaei, Muhammad Usman, Michael Kornaros, Michalis Omirou, Dimitrios Kalderis, Jelena V. Milojković, Zorica R. Lopičić, Mohamed Abatal

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Based on the concept of circular economy and green chemistry, the conversion of wastes into high added value products should be of great importance. From this point of view, this review chapter summarizes the application of pine-based adsorbents obtained from pine bark, pine cone and pine needles, to adsorb heavy metals, radionuclides, rare earths, and others from aqueous media. Effect of various parameters such as pH, temperature, and contact time is critically presented and discussed in detail. The adsorption capacities, fitted and kinetic models, as well as thermodynamic aspects, are also included in the discussion. The present compilation reveals that generally the experimental data are better fitted by the Langmuir isotherm and pseudo-second-order kinetic models and the adsorption is a spontaneous process. From this literature survey, it is evident that pine-based adsorbents have interesting adsorption properties and could be attractive candidates as adsorbents for inorganic pollutants removal from (waste)water.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSorbents Materials for Controlling Environmental Pollution
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent State and Trends
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780128200421
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Adsorption
  • Modeling
  • Pine bark
  • Pine cone
  • Pine needles
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science

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