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Preliminary investigation on the Extraction of Heavy metals from produced water using Moringa oleifera Leaves and Seeds as Adsorbents

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA
  • 2Rivers State Ministry of Environment, Podium Block, Secretariat Complex, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA
  • 3Rivers State Ministry of Environment, Podium Block, Secretariat Complex, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 5, Issue (1), Pages 7-11, January,18 (2015)

Abstract

The preliminary investigation on the extraction of heavy metals from produced water using M. oleferia leaves and seeds as adsorbents was carried out with a view of sourcing for local or natural absorbents that can be used to treat waste water. The mode of extraction applied was the batch extraction method using dried ground leaves and seeds of the plant that spans through 3, 6 and 9 hours at the end of which the filtrate were analysed for Na, Fe, Zn, Mg, K and Ca using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. The study has shown the effectiveness of the extraction of Na, Fe and Zn by the seeds and leaves of the plant due to the high positive extraction efficiency of these metals. The negative extraction efficiencies of Mg, K and Ca recorded in this study indicates that the leaves and seeds of the plant are not effective in the extraction of these metals. However, there is need to carry out more investigation under controlled laboratory conditions as the plant has potentials in extracting metals.

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