Sri Wahyuni, Ahmad Zaeni, Wa Samrin, Asranudin, Holilah, Asrul Sani
Chitosan is a derivative of chitin by partial deacetylation process. Fishery waste is a major source of chitosan. Southeast Sulawesi is a coastal area of the fishery waste producer abundantly. The potential of high shrimp waste is major opportunity of chitosan industrial development. One of the utilization of chitosan is good enough as a bioremediation agent of Cu (II) ions. This study uses a shell shrimp (Penaeus monodon) as source of chitin. The transformation of chitin into chitosan by reaction with base to produce high concentrations of chitosan with degree of deacetylation of 60%. The ability of chitosan to absorb Cu (II) ion at pH 6 with various concentrations of 20-50 ppm and contact time of 30-240 min showed proportional data.The higher concentration of metal ions to make contact with the chitosan (powder and membrane), caused the number of ions that absorbed increasing. The longer contact of chitosan (powder and membrane) at all concentrations showed increasingly high number of Cu (II) which absorbed. The ability of chitosan (powder and membrane) to adsorb Cu (II) reached 50 ppm and the adsorption> 60%. These results should be considered related to the application of chitosan on the handling of environment.
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Sri Wahyuni, Ahmad Zaeni, Wa Samrin, Asranudin, Holilah, Asrul Sani. (2016) The Potential of Chitosan Polymer Waste as Bioremediation Agent of Cu(II) Ions. International Journal of Biochemistry Research, 1, 42522