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Cr(VI) sorption by using clinoptilolite and bacteria loaded clinoptilolite rich mineral
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Batch sorption experiments were performed in order to understand the potential value of local clinoptilolite rich mineral and its bacteria loaded form in Cr(VI) sorption. The results indicated that Cr(VI) sorption capacities of the sorbents were increased after bacteria loading and the clinoptilolite rich mineral is a promising material in Cr(VI) sorption. Zeta potential and Fourier Transform IR (FTIR) analysis were performed to explain the possible mechanism involved in the Cr(VI) sorption. The results revealed that non-electrostatic forces played a significant role rather than the electrostatic forces. The existence of non-electrostatic forces was confirmed by the FTIR results. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.