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Volume 31, Issue 4


Fruit peel waste as a novel low-cost bio adsorbent

Pranav D. Pathak
  • Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, South Ambazari Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440010, India
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Published Online: 2015-07-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/revce-2014-0041


Fruit peel waste (FPW) is abundantly available from the agricultural and food processing industry and has been studied in recent past as an adsorbent. This paper critically reviews the reported work and investigates various FPW-pollutant systems. The study includes statistics of FPW generation, modification, characterization, adsorption ability, recovery/regeneration, and modeling (isotherms, kinetics, and thermodynamics) of batch adsorption. It is found that orange and banana peels are the most extensively studied adsorbents, whereas Pb2+ and methylene blue are the most efficiently removed pollutants, the Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms provide the best fit in most of the cases, and in general, pseudo-second-order kinetics is followed. There are very limited column studies and no report on commercial plant. Though the reproducibility of the results is poor, FPW has a great potential in the wastewater treatment due to its abundant and cheap availability. FPW can be used for removal of heavy metals and dyes; however, removal of organic and gaseous impurities needs further investigation.

This article offers supplementary material which is provided at the end of the article.

Keywords: adsorbent; adsorption; fruit peel waste; organic and inorganic pollutants; wastewater


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About the article

Pranav D. Pathak

Pranav D. Pathak is presently working as a Research Scholar at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India. His research interests include adsorptive separation and use of biomass for wastewater treatment. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, India. He has attended several national and international conferences.

Sachin A. Mandavgane

Sachin A. Mandavgane is an Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India. He received his undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degrees from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, India. His research interests include adsorptive separation, solid waste utilization, use of biomass for different applications, Indian traditional knowledge, and engineering education. His teaching interests include use of social media for teaching, undergraduate research, and bridge building between school and engineering students.

Bhaskar D. Kulkarni

Bhaskar D. Kulkarni is presently working as a CSIR-distinguished Scientist, Engineering Sciences, at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India. His research interests include math modeling and simulations of chemical reactions and reactors including biological systems and processing and use of biomass for different applications. He has published over 325 publications in international journals and has several patents to his credit. Dr Kulkarni has guided over 65 students for their doctoral thesis. He is a fellow of national academics in India and also a fellow of the Third-World Academy of Sciences.

Corresponding author: Sachin A. Mandavgane, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, South Ambazari Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440010, India, e-mail:

Received: 2014-09-17

Accepted: 2015-05-22

Published Online: 2015-07-10

Published in Print: 2015-08-01

Citation Information: Reviews in Chemical Engineering, Volume 31, Issue 4, Pages 361–381, ISSN (Online) 2191-0235, ISSN (Print) 0167-8299, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/revce-2014-0041.

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