Title: Removing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from water by adsorption on silicagel
Authors: Hall, Steven
Tang, Raymond
Baeyens, Jan
Dewil, Raf # ×
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Gordon and Breach
Series Title: Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds vol:29 issue:3 pages:160-183
Abstract: This study investigates a specific topic of water purification by the adsorption onto silicagel of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are carcinogenic, toxic and persistent in the environment. Acenaphthene, a representative low molecular PAH with moderate solubility in water, is selected as target compound. Batch kinetic experimental studies were undertaken. Kinetic results were modelled using pseudo-first and pseudo-second-order equations, and equilibrium data were described by the traditional Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms. It can be concluded that the lower molecular mass PAHs, such as acenaphthene, are well represented by the pseudo-first-order equations. Adsorption mechanisms were moreover analyzed using boundary layer mass transfer and intra-particle diffusion models, indicating intra-particle diffusion as the dominant adsorption controlling step. Isotherm equations may be applied to predict the silicagel quantity necessary to remove a given concentration of the PAH using a recommended fixed-bed batch adsorber system.
ISSN: 1040-6638
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Bio- & Chemical Systems Technology, Reactor Engineering and Safety Section
Sustainable Chemical Process Technology TC, Technology Campus De Nayer Sint-Katelijne-Waver
Sustainable Chemical Process Technology TC
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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