Department of Environmental Engineering and Management, "Cristofor Simionescu" Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection, "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi, 73 Prof.Dr. D. Mangeron Street, 700050, Iasi, Romania. Electronic address: [Email]
Rapeseed (RS) waste was used for sequential biosorption from aqueous solutions of two target micropollutants: lead ions and Reactive blue 19 (Rb19) dye, through an integrated approach, combining experimental assessment and statistical modeling. In both cases of sequential biosorption, a pseudo-second order kinetic model fitted the biosorption data well. Intraparticle diffusion proved to be the rate-limiting step in the sequential retention of both micropollutants. A selective desorption of metal ions and anionic dye at pH 2.5 and 10.5, respectively was observed. The quadratic models generated by response surface methodology (RSM) adequately described the sequential biosorption process and the desorption process, respectively. XPS and FTIR analysis indicated the mechanisms involved in the retention of target pollutants.