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Sorption of PAHs and PCBs to activated carbon: Coal versus biomass-based quality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
2012 (English)In: Chemosphere, ISSN 0045-6535, E-ISSN 1879-1298, Vol. 87, no 5, 573-578 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The addition of activated carbon (AC) is an increasingly popular method for pollutant immobilization, and the AC material can be made of biomass or coal/fossil feedstock. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether there are differences between pollutant sorption to biomass and coal-based AC in the presence and absence of sediment. Through N-2 and CO2 adsorption to probe surface area and pore size it was shown that the biomass-based AC had a stronger dominance of narrow pores in the size range 3.5-15 angstrom than the anthracite-based material. In the absence of sediment, sorption isotherms for the probe compounds pyrene and PCB-101 showed stronger sorption for the biomass-based AC (logarithmic Freundlich coefficients 8.15 for pyrene; 9.91 for PCB-101) than for the anthracite-based one (logarithmic Freundlich coefficients 7.20 and 9.70, respectively). In the presence of sediment, the opposite trend was observed, with the stronger sorption for anthracite-based AC. Thus, the presence of competing and/or pore-blocking sediment constituents reduces sorption to a larger extent for biomass-derived AC (factor of 5 for pyrene to almost 100 for PCB-101) than for anthracite-based AC (no reduction for pyrene to factor of 5 for PCB-101). This difference is tentatively attributed to the difference in pore size distribution, narrow pores being more prone to clogging, and could have implications for remediation feasibility with AC from different sources.

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2012. Vol. 87, no 5, 573-578 p.
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Activated carbon, Sediment contamination, PAHs, PCBs, Porosity
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76055DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.01.007ISI: 000302524100019OAI: diva2:525599
3Available from: 2012-05-08 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2012-05-08Bibliographically approved

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