The purpose of this research was to determine if ryegrass seed is a good biosorbent using titration techniques, FTIR data, and MP-AES. The absorption was tested by subjecting the shoots of the ryegrass samples to 10 ml of 300 ppm Pb(NO3)2. The trial was conducted to determine how much the ryegrass could absorb and a second trial was run to replicate the data. Although the sample absorbed about 250 ppm of lead the volume and mass need to be considered using q values. The q values ended up being low compared to other biosorbents. This opens the path to determine what functional groups the sample does not
have that a good biosorbent such as cilantro has. With this information, further research could be done to mutate ryegrass to become a good biosorbent. With ryegrass being inexpensive and efficient it could be the key to lowering the growing amounts of toxins in the environment and become a reliable way to collect pollutants.
Growing amounts of toxins in the environment necessitate the need for an inexpensive, efficient, and reliable way to collect pollutants. The purpose of this research was to determine if ryegrass could be used as a biosorbent to clean pollution in the environment by using titration techniques, FTIR data, and MP-AES.