A modified pore-filling isotherm for liquid-phase adsorption in activated carbon

Ismadji, S. ; Bhatia, S. K. (2001) A modified pore-filling isotherm for liquid-phase adsorption in activated carbon Langmuir, 17 (5). pp. 1488-1498. ISSN 0743-7463

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/la0009339

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This article modifies the usual form of the Dubinin-Radushkevich pore-filling model for application to liquid-phase adsorption data, where large molecules are often involved. In such cases it is necessary to include the repulsive part of the energy in the micropores, which is accomplished here by relating the pore potential to the fluid-solid interaction potential. The model also considers the nonideality of the bulk liquid phase through the UNIFAC activity coefficient model, as well as structural heterogeneity of the carbon. For the latter the generalized adsorption integral is used while incorporating the pore-size distribution obtained by density functional theory analysis of argon adsorption data. The model is applied here to the interpretation of aqueous phase adsorption isotherms of three different esters on three commercial activated carbons. Excellent agreement between the model and experimental data is observed, and the fitted Lennard-Jones size parameter for the adsorbate-adsorbate interactions compares well with that estimated from known critical properties, supporting the modified approach. On the other hand, the model without consideration of bulk nonideality, or when using classical models of the characteristic energy, gives much poorer fits of the data and unrealistic parameter values.

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