Adsorbents from waste materials

Attila Bota, Krisztina Laszlo, Lajos Gyorgy Nagy, Guenter Subklew, Heide Schlimper, Milan J. Schwuger

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The possibility of using pyrolyzed wastes produced in already working incineration plants, as adsorbents for waste water treatment, was studied. Showing very poor adsorption properties, they were improved by steam activation technique used in the conventional activated carbon manufacturing. It is concluded that various organic waste materials can be converted to carbonaceous final products with a character similar to activated carbon. Their adsorption properties and pore size distribution are determined by the structure of the starting material. Although most of these samples have a low specific surface area, their pore volume is not negligible in the meso- and micropore range. Adsorption tests with model waste waters confirmed that adsorption properties are strongly influenced by the character of the surface. The adsorption capacity of these samples can be utilized for the treatment of strongly polluted industrial waste waters. Considering that the raw material `needed' to manufacture these adsorbents is produced permanently and the adsorbents do not have to be regenerated, it might be worthwhile using these kinds of adsorbents in the primary treatment of industrial waste waters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-91
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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    Bota, A., Laszlo, K., Nagy, L. G., Subklew, G., Schlimper, H., & Schwuger, M. J. (1997). Adsorbents from waste materials. Adsorption, 3(1), 81-91.