New and inexpensive nanoporous silicon (NPS) powder was prepared by alkali chemical etching using sonication technique and was subsequently investigated as an adsorbent in batch systems for the adsorption Ni(II) ions in an aqueous solution. The optimum conditions for the Ni(II) ion adsorption capacity of the NPS powder were studied in detail by varying parameters such as the initial Ni(II) concentration, the solution pH value, the adsorption temperature and contact time. The results indicated that the maximum adsorption capacity and the maximum removal percent of Ni(II) reached 2665.33 mg/g and 82.6%, respectively, at an initial Ni(II) concentration of 100 mg/L, adsorption time of 30 min and no effect of the solution pH and adsorption temperature.

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