TY - JOUR TI - Influence of diatomite microstructure on its adsorption capacity for Pb(II) AU - Nenadović S. AU - Nenadović M. AU - Kovačević R. AU - Matović Lj. AU - Matović B. AU - Jovanović Z. AU - Novaković-Grbović J. JN - Science of Sintering PY - 2009 VL - 41 IS - 3 SP - 309 EP - 317 PT- Article AB- The effect of microstructural changes caused by mechanical modification on adsorption properties of diatomite samples were investigated. The microstructure has been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) while the degree of metal adsorption was evaluated by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP AES). The results show that metal sorption capacity of diatomite is considerably improved after mechanical modification and it can be attributed to amorphysation of the material. Immobilization efficiency increased from 22% for untreated to 81% for the treated sample after 5h at BPR 4.This qualifies natural diatomite as a material for wastewater remediation.