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Comparative evaluation for the sorption capacity of four carbonaceous sorbents to phenol

TitleComparative evaluation for the sorption capacity of four carbonaceous sorbents to phenol
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsJin, Ding Feng, Xu Yuan Yuan, Zhang Ming, Jung Yeong Sang, and Ok Yong Sik
JournalChemical Speciation & Bioavailability
Pagination18 - 25
Date Published10/2016

Sorption kinetics and isotherms of phenol by four carbonaceous sorbents (activated carbon (AC), mesoporous carbon (MPC), bamboo biochar (BBC) and oak wood biochar (OBC)) were compared in this study. MPC has the fastest sorption rate and initial sorption potential, which were indicated by sorption rate constants and initial sorption rate “h” in a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The ordered and straight pore structure of MPC facilitated the accessibility of phenol. The AC showed the greatest sorption capacity towards phenol with maximum sorption of 123 mg/g as calculated by the Langmuir model. High surface area, complexity of pore structure, and the strong binding force of the π–π electron-donor-acceptor interaction between phenol molecules and AC were the main mechanisms. The BBC and OBC had much slower sorption and lower sorption capacity (33.04 and 29.86 mg/g, respectively), compared to MPC (73.00 mg/g) and AC, indicating an ineffective potential for phenol removal from water.

Short TitleChemical Speciation & Bioavailability