Kinetic and Equilibrium Studies for Dye Adsorption onto Sugarcane Bagasse and Rice Husks


1 Centre for Diploma Studies, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 84600 Muar, Johor, Malaysia

2 School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor, Malaysia


The textile industry discharges large quantities of highly colored wastewater from industrial processes using chemical components. Many dyes are designed to be chemically stable so that they are difficult to decolorize due to their complex structure and synthetic origin. The dye waste is subsequently released directly to water bodies during the textile finishing process. This improper released has adverse effects on the environment and may reduce photosynthesis in aquatic plants. Even though adsorption techniques have been widely used to remove textile dye from waters, the kinetic models used to describe the adsorption of textile dye onto a porous material is still not yet fully understood. This study investigated different applications of absorbent from sugarcane bagasse (SB) and rice husks (RH) in removing color from aqueous solution and the application of kinetic model for adsorption of color from aqueous solutions onto SB and RH. A batch study was carried out under various mass of adsorptions and contact time with constant with the initial concentration of aqueous solution was 400ADMI. The data obtained from batch experiments showed that the removal of RH (93%) was more efficient than SB (49%). This study also advanced the understanding on the kinetic adsorption study of RH and SB to prove that the adsorbents have potential to reduce dye from synthetic solution. The contribution of this study in the removal of significant dye pollutants from industrial wastewater will require future assessment in a prospective wastewater treatment facility setting.


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Volume 11, Issue 3
July 2021
Pages 255-262
  • Receive Date: 22 December 2020
  • Revise Date: 02 June 2021
  • Accept Date: 18 February 2021
  • First Publish Date: 02 June 2021