Significance of microporosity on the interaction of phenol with porous graphitic carbon

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-26
Journal / PublicationChemical Engineering Journal
Volume269
Online published3 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

Abstract

Many researches have produced porous activated carbons from various precursors for phenol removal from wastewater. A number of literature focus on the optimization of activation conditions to obtain adsorbents with higher specific surface areas as a result of the general misconception that higher surface areas result in higher adsorption capacities, disregarding the effect of the pore geometry. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the significance of micropore surface area, rather than total surface area, in the adsorption of phenol. It has been confirmed that for activated carbons with similar surface areas, the one with higher fraction of microporosity leads to higher phenol uptake. This has been attributed to the π-π London dispersion forces between the graphitic carbon basal planes and the phenol aromatic ring. Thus, it is hypothesized that hydrogen bonding does not occur between the phenol molecules and the functional groups on the carbon surface.

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  • London dispersion forces, Microporosity, Phenol adsorption, Porous graphitic carbon

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Significance of microporosity on the interaction of phenol with porous graphitic carbon. / Hadi, Pejman; Yeung, Kit Ying; Barford, John; An, Kyoung Jin; McKay, Gordon.

In: Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 269, 01.06.2015, p. 20-26.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review