Adsorption behaviors of sugars and sulfuric acid on activated porous carbon

Kyong Mok Park, Hee Geun Nam, Ki Bong Lee, Sungyong Mun

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To investigate the suitability of activated porous carbon as the adsorbent for separation of sugars and sulfuric acid, the relevant adsorption equilibrium data were obtained by using a staircase frontal analysis method in the range of sulfuric acid concentration (0-13.61 g/L), glucose concentration (0-5.86 g/L), and xylose concentration (0-34.96 g/L). It was found from the resultant adsorption data that sugars had considerably higher adsorption affinities to activated porous carbon than sulfuric acid, which indicates that activated porous carbon has the potential to be utilized as an economical adsorbent for separation of sugars and sulfuric acid. It was also found that the resultant adsorption data could be well predicted by the Langmuir isotherm model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 25

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundationof Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (grant number NRF-2015R1A2A2A01003455 ).


  • Activated porous carbon
  • Adsorption
  • Bio-ethanol
  • Sugars
  • Sulfuric acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering


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