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Waste Water Treatment - A Case Study: Removal of Ni, Cu and Zn through precipitation and adsorption
Örebro University, School of Science and Technology, Örebro University, Sweden. (MTM/BG)
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Waste water containing high concentrations of dissolved metals were delivered to the environmental company SAKAB. After standard treatment procedure, involving regulation of pH and addition of flocculation agents, the water still contained nickel concentrations of 26 mg/l. Since SAKAB’s regulatory concentration limit value for nickel in outgoing water is 0.5 mg/l, further treatment was necessary.

According to the supplier of the water, a complexing agent similar to EDTA had been added to the water.

The aim of this study was to decrease concentrations of nickel, zinc and copper. One part of this study was the precipitation experiments as hydroxide, sulphide and adsorption to hydrous ferric oxide. The other part was adsorption to natural, organic materials such as peat, wood chips and one commercial bark compost.

Adsorption to hydrous ferric oxide was the most efficient of the precipitation experiments. When 2000 mg FeCl3 was added to 100 ml waste water and pH of the solution was adjusted to pH 8, a decrease up to 74 % of total nickel concentrations was achieved. Most efficient of the adsorption experiments were the one with commercial bark compost which decreased nickel concentrations in solution up to 94 % after 20 hours of agitation. 

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2012. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
nickel, copper, zinc, waste water, adsorption, precipitation, flocculation, extraction, peat, saw dust, bark compost, EDTA, ferric oxides, coprecipitation, occlusion, sorption, water treatment
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-26130ISRN: ORU-NAT/KEM-AG-2012/0001--SEOAI: diva2:559075
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2012-08-20, B219, Örebro university, Örebro, 10:00 (Swedish)
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2012-10-09 Created: 2012-10-07 Last updated: 2012-10-09Bibliographically approved

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