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Adsorption of Triton X-100 in aqueous solution on activated carbon obtained from waste tires for wastewater decontamination

  • Aida Mireya Ramírez-Arias
  • Juan Carlos Moreno-PirajánEmail author
  • Liliana Giraldo


Adsorption of Triton X-100 non-ionic surfactant in aqueous solution on activated carbon was performed. The activated carbon was prepared from waste tires by chemical impregnation at 10, 20, 30, and 40% w·w−1 of potassium hydroxide. Two carbonization temperatures, 700 and 900° C were used with a heating rate of 2 °C·min−1 and a 3 h retention time in N2 flow of 100 mL·min−1. The carbons obtained were characterized by N2 adsorption at − 196 °C, scanning electron microscopy, infrared microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and titration of functional groups. In adsorption studies of Triton X-100, the amount of adsorbed Triton X-100 was characterized by High-performance Liquid Chromatography and Langmuir, Freundlich, Toth, and Redlich-Peterson models were evaluated. The solids showed an area between 42 and 528 m2·g−1 with characteristic isotherms of micro-mesoporous solids, and a pore distribution of 7.0 to 8.0 Å by Dubinin-Astakov with a chemical surface having acid and basic groups. The carbon that adsorbed the most Triton X-100 was QK409 with Q0 220 mg·g−1.


Adsorption Activated carbon Surfactant Waste tire Waste water Triton X-100 



The authors would like to thank to the Research and Postgraduate Committee-Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia for the funding of research projects and the presentation of results in academic events in 2018-1, according to the project “Obtaining of activated carbon for the decontamination of surfactant in wastewater”. The authors also appreciate the grant for the funding of research programs for Associate Professors, Full Professors, and Emeritus Professors announced by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of the Andes, 20-12-2019-2020, 2019, according to the project “Enthalpy, free energy and adsorption energy of the activated carbon interaction and solutions of emerging organic compounds”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aida Mireya Ramírez-Arias
    • 1
  • Juan Carlos Moreno-Piraján
    • 1
    Email author
  • Liliana Giraldo
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Química, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de los AndesBogotáColombia
  2. 2.Departamento de Química, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaBogotáColombia

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