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Volume 250, 2018The 12th International Civil Engineering Post Graduate Conference (SEPKA) – The 3rd International Symposium on Expertise of Engineering Design (ISEED) (SEPKA-ISEED 2018)
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|Published online||11 December 2018|
Sorptive behaviour of chromium on polyethylene microbeads in artificial seawater
Department of Water and Environmental Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
2 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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This study investigates the interactions between chromium (Cr) and microplastic under controlled laboratory conditions using low density polyethylene microbeads as plastic particles. Chromium was added to suspensions of in artificial seawater to investigate heavy metal adsorption on microbeads surface. Polyethylene microbeads proved to have affinity in providing surface area for chromium. It served as an effective sorption surface thus lowering amounts of chromium in seawater through adsorption process. The best percentage of heavy metals adsorbed to microbeads and adsorption capacity was 1.7 µg/g and 8.5 % at 1.0 µg/mL respectively. The maximum adsorption was monitored for 180 hours. Kinetic study was performed and fitted well in pseudo-first-order kinetic. In term of isotherm, dataset was in good agreement with both Langmuir and Freundlich with correlation at 0.977 and 0.9606 respectively. Adsorption of chromium to polyethylene microbeads had important implications for the potential role of microplastics, in this case microbeadschromium contaminated act as a quantified link in aquatic food webs.
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