Adsorption characteristics of Cu(II) from aqueous solution onto biochar derived from swine manure Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this study was to investigate adsorption characteristic of swine manure biochars pyrolyzed at 400 °C and 700 °C for the removal of Cu(II) ions from aqueous solutions. The biochars were characterized using BET surface area, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), zeta potential, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM-EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The adsorption of Cu(II) ions by batch method was carried out and the optimum conditions were investigated. The adsorption processes of these biochars are well described by a pseudo-second-order kinetic model, and the adsorption isotherm closely fitted the Sips model. Thermodynamic analysis suggested that the adsorption was endothermic. The maximum Cu(II) adsorption capacities of biochars derived from fresh and composted swine manure at 400 °C were 17.71 and 21.94 mg g(-1), respectively, which were higher than those at 700 °C. XRD patterns indicated that the silicate and phosphate particles within the biochars served as adsorption sites for Cu(II). The removal of Cu(II) ions from industrial effluent indicated that the fresh swine manure biochar pyrolyzed at 400 °C can be considered as an effective adsorbent.


  • Meng, Jun
  • Feng, Xiaoli
  • Dai, Zhongmin
  • Liu, Xingmei
  • Wu, Jianjun
  • Xu, Jianming

publication date

  • 2014