Removal of basic dye from aqueous solution using tree fern as a biosorbent

Yu-Shan Ho, Tzu Hsuan Chiang, Yu Mei Hsueh

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A batch sorption system using tree fern as biosorbent was investigated to remove Basic Red 13 from aqueous solutions. The system variables studied include sorbent particle size and temperature and results revealed the potential of tree fern, an agriculture product, as a low-cost sorbent. The Langmuir isotherm was found to represent the measured sorption data well. The dye sorption capacity of tree fern increased as the sorbent particle size decreased. Maximum saturated monolayer sorption capacity of tree fern for Basic Red 13 was 408 mg/g. Various thermodynamic parameters such as ΔG°, ΔH°and ΔS°were calculated indicating that this system was a spontaneous and endothermic process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalProcess Biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005


  • Agricultural by-products
  • Basic dye
  • Biosorption
  • Equilibrium sorption
  • Isotherm
  • Tree fern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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