Porous carbon from polymer waste materials

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Polymer waste materials, instead of ending up in incineration plants, can better be recycled into activated carbon. The properties of polyacrylonitrile, polyethyleneterephthalate and cellulose based carbons prepared by steam activation are reported in this paper. Microscopic (SEM, STM or AFM), SAXS and various adsorption techniques have been applied to describe the matrix and surface characteristics. These polymer based carbons can be characterized by a well developed pore structure. Their specific surface area (SBET) proved to be 540-1250 m2/g. Their surface is polar enough to adsorb phenol from aqueous solution, resembling commercial activated carbon which is sold for waste water treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-320
Number of pages10
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 1999
EventProceedings of the 1997 International Conference on Interfaces against Pollution - Wageningen, Neth
Duration: Aug 10 1997Aug 13 1997


  • Activated carbon
  • Cellulose
  • Microstructure
  • Phenol adsorption
  • Polyacrylonitrile
  • Polyethyleneterephthalate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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