Kinetics of sorption of polyaromatic hydrocarbons onto granular activated carbon and Macronet hyper-cross-linked polymers (MN200)
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Polymeric supports are presented as an alternative to granular activated carbon (GAC) for organic contaminant removal from groundwater using permeable reactive barriers (PRB). The search for suitable polymeric sorbents for hydrocarbon extraction from aqueous streams has prompted the synthesis of new resins incorporating new functionalities or modifying the polymer network properties that solve many of the existing problems. Between them, the new type of polymeric sorbents Macronet Hypersol containing a styrene–divinylbenzene macroporous hyperreticulated network has been evaluated. Because of their potential sorptive properties, tests were conducted to determine the feasibility of using them as a low-cost reactive material for groundwater applications. The present work describes the sorption of six polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from aqueous solution onto both Macronet polymeric sorbent MN200 and granular activated carbon. Batch experiments were performed to determine loading rates of a family of PAHs (naphthalene, fluorene, anthracene, acenaphthene, pyrene, and fluoranthene), from a simple two-rings PAH (naphthalene) up to a four-ring PAH (pyrene). The behavior of a non-functionalized Macronet support (MN200) was compared with the behavior of a recognized material, granular activated carbon (GAC). Analyses of the respective rate data with three theoretical models (pseudo-first-and pseudo-second-order reaction models and the Elovich model) were used to describe the PAH sorption kinetics. Sorption rate constants were determined by graphical analysis of the proposed models. The study showed that sorption systems followed a pseudo-first-order reaction model, although the pseudo-second-order reaction model provides an acceptable description of the sorption process. Graphical analysis showed that the sorption process with activated carbon is a more complex process than the one observed for hyper-cross-linked polymers (MN200). A simulation of the barrier thickness needed to treat a PAH-polluted plume showed that 0.1–1 m of sorption media is enough even for high water fluxes such as 0.1–2 m3/m2/day for both sorbents
CitationValderrama, C. [et al.]. Kinetics of sorption of polyaromatic hydrocarbons onto granular activated carbon and Macronet hyper-cross-linked polymers (MN200). "Journal of colloid and interface science", 01 Juny 2007, vol. 310, núm. 1, p. 35-46.
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