The effect of ionic environment on the TG response of phenol loaded PET-based porous carbons

  • Ajna Tóth
  • Csaba Novák
  • Krisztina LászlóEmail author


The effect of the ionic environment on the adsorption of phenol from aqueous solutions was investigated in a microporous carbon and in an oxidized carbon. It was found that not only the pH of the solution but also the method of its setting affects the adsorption capacity. Thermal desorption of phenol exhibits an even stronger dependence on the method of pH setting than adsorption. The TG response, the position and the corresponding TG steps are also influenced by the surface chemistry. Thermogravimetry is found to be outstandingly useful and informative technique for the studying sorption interactions.


Activated carbon Adsorption/desorption pH dependence Thermal analysis Surface properties 



We extend our thanks to E. Geissler for useful discussions and to G. Bosznai for technical assistance. This research was supported by the EU—Hungarian joint fund (GVOP – 3.2.2–2004–07-0006/3.0) and the DAAD-MÖB project (#33/2006).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials ScienceBudapest University of Technology and Economics HungaryBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Research Group of Technical Analytical Chemistry, Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary

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