Amendment of Caulerpa sertularioides marine alga with sulfur-containing materials to accelerate Cu removal from aqueous media.

Research paper by Bahman B Ramavandi, Sina S Dobaradaran, Fatemeh F Papari, George A GA Sorial, Ahmad A Ebrahimi, Leila Madeh LM Khaksar, Samad S Akbarzadeh, Seyedenayat S Hashemi, Fatemeh F Teimori

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Environmental Science and Pollution Research


This study reports a new approach of alga amendment in a live mode. The Caulerpa sertularioides alga was modified with sulfur-containing materials of methionine (CHNOS) and sodium sulfate (NaSO) to more concentrate the sulfur content of the yielded biomass (adsorbent). The simple and amended C. sertularioides alga was fully characterized with FTIR, SEM, EDX, BET, BJH, and pH techniques. The copper adsorption from aqueous media was done by three adsorbents of C. sertularioides-simple (CSS), C. sertularioides-NaSO (CSN), and C. sertularioides-CHNOS (CSC). The parameters of pH (2-6), adsorbent dosage (2-10 g/L), and contact time (3-80 min) were optimized at 5, 5 g/L, and 60 min, respectively. According to Langmuir isotherm (the best-fitted model), the maximum adsorption capacity of CSN (98.04 mg/g) was obtained 2.4 times higher than CSC (40.73 mg/g) and 9.5 times higher than CSS (10.29 mg/g). The Cu adsorption process by the adsorbents was best-fitted pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The CSN, CSC, and CSS biomasses were successfully reused 5, 4, and 4 times, respectively. The thermodynamic study revealed that the copper adsorption process by CSN is exothermic and non-spontaneous. Finally, the suitability of adsorbents prepared from algae was tested by cleaning a simulated wastewater.