Adam Rosenblum

Adam Rosenblum

Nitrate Adsorption by Activated Carbon

Authors

Adam Rosenblum

Mentor

David Mazyck

College

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Abstract

Activated carbon is a type of carbon that is a known catalyst for a variety of chemical reactions. Uses of activated carbon include purifying liquids and gases, food and beverage processing, odor removal, industrial pollution control, and numerous other applications. There are a variety of different activated carbons, with most being derived from coal, peat, and wood. Activated carbon is a catalyst because the small pores of the carbon increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions. One primary use of activated carbon is how it adsorbs nitrates onto its surface. This paper delves into different adsorption rates of an activated carbon (Filtrasorb 600) that is treated with different chemicals and then subjected to a chemical activation at a constant pressure under different gaseous conditions. Data collected during experiments indicate there are significant interactions between surface functional groups and nitrate. Keywords: activated carbon, adsorption, nitrates

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