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Riikka Juhola, Hanna Runtti, Teija Kangas, Tao Hu, Henrik Romar & Sari Tuomikoski (2020) Bisphenol A removal from water by biomass-based carbon: isotherms, kinetics and thermodynamics studies, Environmental Technology, 41:8, 971-980, DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2018.1515990

Bisphenol A removal from water by biomass-based carbon : isotherms, kinetics and thermodynamics studies

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Author: Juhola, Riikka1; Runtti, Hanna1; Kangas, Teija1;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Sustainable Chemistry, University of Oulu
2Unit of Applied Chemistry, University of Jyvaskylä, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2019-09-03


Biomass-based carbon was modified and used as an efficient bisphenol A (BPA) sorbent. The simple and environmentally friendly modification method produced sorbent with a capacity of 41.5 mg/g. The raw material was modified with FeCl₃ (Fe-CR), treated with hydrochloric acid (H-CR) or modified with CaCl₂ (Ca-CR). Batch sorption experiments were performed to evaluate the effects of the initial pH, sorbent dosage, temperature, and contact time on BPA removal. BPA removal with modified carbons was notably higher than that with unmodified carbon. All sorbent materials exhibited very high sorption capacities and compared favourably to materials reported in the literature. Several isotherms were applied to describe the experimental results of Fe-CR, H-CR, and Ca-CR modified carbon residues and the Sips model showed the best fit for all sorbents. Kinetic studies for the best sorbent material (Fe-CR) showed that the sorption process follows Elovich kinetics. Desorption cycles were implemented, and sorption capacity remained with three cycles.

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Series: Environmental technology
ISSN: 0959-3330
ISSN-E: 1479-487X
ISSN-L: 0959-3330
Volume: 41
Issue: 8
Pages: 971 - 980
DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2018.1515990
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 116 Chemical sciences
Funding: This study was undertaken with the financial support of the Maa-ja Vesitekniikan tuki Ry and Jätehuoltoyhdistys.
Copyright information: © 2018 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Environmental Technology on 03 Sep 2018, available online: