Porous carbon from polymer waste materials

K. László, A. Bóta, L. Nagy, Israel Cabasso

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Abstract

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 (S(BET)) proved to be 540-1250m2/g. Their surface is polar enough to adsorb phenol from aqueous solution, resembling commercial activated carbon which is sold for waste water treatment. Copyright (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-320
Number of pages10
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Volume151
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 1999

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Activated carbon
Polymers
Carbon
activated carbon
Waste incineration
Polyacrylonitriles
carbon
Steam
polymers
Pore structure
Phenol
Water treatment
Cellulose
Specific surface area
Phenols
incinerators
waste water
Wastewater
polyacrylonitrile
water treatment

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Porous carbon from polymer waste materials. / László, K.; Bóta, A.; Nagy, L.; Cabasso, Israel.

In: Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Vol. 151, No. 1-2, 15.06.1999, p. 311-320.

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