Adsorption kinetics of zinc in multicomponent ionic systems.
ABSTRACT Using commercial activated carbon as an adsorbent, the kinetics of adsorption of zinc from multicomponent ionic systems having cadmium and mercury has been studied and reported. The variables investigated have been the chemical nature, ionic strength, and pH of the adsorptive (Zn2+) solution. The adsorption of Zn2+ is speeded up by the presence of Cd2+ and Hg2+ ions provided that the concentration of these two ions is high as compared to the concentration of Zn2+. When the ionic strength of the solution in relative terms is high (i.e., > 3 x 10(-4) M), however, the adsorption of Zn2+ decelerates. Also, the adsorption process is greatly accelerated at pH 12, whereas at pH 2 it does not occur at all.