Removal of Organic Pollutant from Aqueous Solution by Rice Husk Activated Carbon (RHAC)

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  • Sabrina Khan Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BUET, Dhaka, 1000
  • Zannatul Ferdous Raha Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BUET, Dhaka, 1000
  • Mahe Jabeen Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BUET, Dhaka, 1000
  • Mahe Rukh Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BUET, Dhaka, 1000
  • Syeda Tanzila Reza Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BUET, Dhaka, 1000
  • Easir A Khan Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BUET, Dhaka, 1000

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jce.v29i1.33816

Keywords:

Adsorption separation, Phenol, Activated carbon and Rice husk

Abstract

In this work, activated carbon was prepared from low cost agricultural by-product rice husk and NaOH was used as chemical activating agent. The characterization of rice husk activated carbon (RHAC) was performed by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and BET surface analyzer. In addition, the proximate analysis and Boehm titration was conducted to investigate RHAC properties and surface function groups. The adsorption of an organic pollutant (phenol) using RHAC was studied by the batch method. It was established that phenol adsorption by RHAC reached equilibrium at about 2640 min and is more compatible with Langmuir adsorption isotherm with respect to Freundlich isotherm. Phenol adsorption capacity of RHAC was found to be 17.123 mg g?1.The phenol adsorption kinetics corresponds well with pseudo first order model.

Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2017: 29-33

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Sabrina Khan, Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BUET, Dhaka, 1000



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Published

2017-08-31

How to Cite

Khan, S., Raha, Z. F., Jabeen, M., Rukh, M., Reza, S. T., & Khan, E. A. (2017). Removal of Organic Pollutant from Aqueous Solution by Rice Husk Activated Carbon (RHAC). Journal of Chemical Engineering, 29(1), 29–33. https://doi.org/10.3329/jce.v29i1.33816

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