Adsorption dynamics are of fundamental importance in applications of adsorbents in real situations. The adsorption/desorption characteristics of a series of adsorbates, with varying hydrophilic/hydrophobic and structural characteristics, for activated carbon BAX950, were investigated for temperatures in the range 288-323 K. These data provide a comprehensive kinetic study of adsorption/desorption for an activated carbon. The results are discussed in relation to the adsorbent pore structure and functional group concentration, adsorptive structure and adsorption mechanism. The study provides evidence for a compensation effect where activation energy and ln(pre-exponential factor) parameters obtained from the Arrhenius equation exhibit a linear correlation.
- activated carbon
- activation energy