The kinetics and mechanism of lead (II) biosorptionby powderized Rhizopus oligosporus

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The kinetics and mechanism of lead biosorption by powderized Rhizopus oligosporus were studied using shake flask experiment. The optimum biomass concentration and initial solution pH for lead sorption at initial lead concentrations ranging from 50–200 mg/l was obtained at 0.5 g/l and pH5, respectively. In term of the ratio of initial lead concentration to biomass concentration ratio, the highest lead adsorption was obtained at 750 mg/g which gave the maximum lead uptake capacity of 126 mg/g. The experimental data of lead sorption by R.oligosporus fitted well to the Langmuir sorption isotherm model, indicating that the sorption was similar to that for an ion-exchange resin. This means that the sorption is a single layer metal adsorption that occurred as a molecular surface coverage. This assumption was confirmed by the examination of lead sorption using transmission electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray analysis, which showed that during sorption most of the lead was adsorbed on the surface of cell.

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