Highly Efficient Lead Distribution by Magnetic Sewage Sludge Biochar: Sorption Mechanisms and Bench Applications

Jerosha Ifthikar, Ting Wang, Aimal Khan, Ali Jawad, Tingting Sun, Xiang Jiao, Zhuqi Chen, Jia Wang, Qiliang Wang, Huabin Wang, Ali Jawad

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Highly efficient magnetic sewage sludge biochar (MSSBC) discloses feasible fabrication process with lower production cost, superior adsorption capacity, usage of waste sewage sludge as resource, selected by external magnetic field and exceptional regeneration property. 2 g L−1 MSSBC exhibited a high adsorption capacity of 249.00 mg g−1 in 200 ppm Pb(II) and the lead-MSSBC equilibrium was achieved within one hour, owing to the existence of the copious active sites. The adsorption kinetics was well described by the pseudo-second-order model while the adsorption isotherm could be fitted by Langmuir model. Mechanism study demonstrated the adsorption involved electrostatic attraction, ion exchange, inner-sphere complexation and formation of co-precipitates at the surface of MSSBC. Additionally, adsorption performance maintained remarkable in a broad pH window. These outcomes demonstrated the promising waste resource utilization by a feasible approach that turns the solid waste of sewage sludge into biochar adsorbent with auspicious applications in elimination of Pb(II) from wastewater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-406
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • Biochar
  • Lead removal
  • Magnetic separation
  • Sewage sludge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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