A TPD-MS study of the adsorption of ethanol/cyclohexane mixture on activated carbons
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The adsorption of ethanol/cyclohexane binary mixtures on different types of activated carbons was studied in this work by temperature programmed desorption coupled with mass spectroscopy (TPD-MS). The texture, morphology and surface chemistry of the carbons were evaluated by N2 adsorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and TPD-MS techniques. The ethanol and cyclohexane TPD-MS desorption profiles showed that specific interactions between the carbon material and the adsorbate are involved during the adsorption. Most of the activated carbons adsorb strongly ethanol on the surface, leading to desorption temperatures above 100 °C. Only one carbon exhibits an affinity for cyclohexane. These observations were correlated to the different surface chemistry of the materials.
KeywordsActivated carbon Temperature programmed desorption Ethanol Cyclohexane
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