Controlling SO2 by Using Low Cost Adsorbents


  • Nenavath Gandhi Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies
  • V. Mary Priyanka
  • D. Sirisha Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur



Sulphur dioxide, adsorption, low cost adsorbents, Neem bark, Orange peel


Sulphur oxides are formed during high temperature combustion processes from the oxidation of sulphur in the air. The principal source of sulphur oxides is sulphur oxide (SO) and sulphur dioxide (SO2), collectively known as SOx. SO and SO2 concentrations are therefore the highest in industrial area. Other important sources are power stations, heating plants, and industrial processes. Long-term exposure to sulphur dioxide may affect lung function, and that exposure to sulphur dioxide enhances the response to allergens in sensitized individuals. The feasibility of using waste materials as adsorbent for air pollutant SOx was evaluated in the present study. The experiments were carried out in laboratory on certain waste materials like Neem leaf powder, orange peel powder, custard apple leaf powder, Horse gram seed powder, Ragi seed powder, mango bark dust, mixed algae, and Neem bark dust. The experimental investigations were carried out by traditional adsorption studies, and they showed that all substances had certain capacity to adsorb SOx from aqueous solution of SOx. The order of adsorption by different low cost materials is Mango bark dust > Orange peel powder >Custard apple leaf powder> Neem leaf powder> Horse gram seed powder> Ragi seed powder> Neem bark powder, mixed algae by 98%>95%>88%>82%>80%>78%>77%>74%, respectively. At lower concentration the adsorption is more compared to higher concentration. It is found that the adsorption increases with an increase in surface area.


Author Biographies

Nenavath Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies

Research Scholar

School of Environmental Sciences

D. Sirisha, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur

Head, Centre for Environment and Climate Change

School of Environmental Sciences