Optimisation of the process variables in production of activated carbon by microwave heating

Kundu, A. and Sen Gupta, B. and Hashim, M.A. and Sahu, J.N. and Mujaware, M. and Redzwan, G. (2015) Optimisation of the process variables in production of activated carbon by microwave heating. RSC Advances, 5 (45). pp. 35899-35908. ISSN 2046-2069, DOI https://doi.org/10.1039/c4ra16900j.

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This study aims to investigate the optimal operating conditions in order to obtain cost effective production of activated carbon (AC) from palm kernel shell (PKS) by microwave heating. Interactions among the independent variables, namely irradiation time (T), microwave power (W), impregnation ratio between impregnating substances and PKS, and the concentration of impregnating substance (sulphuric acid) were considered for optimising the process parameters during the production of AC, aided by Central Composite Design. The optimum conditions for the independent process variables were 11.02 minutes of irradiation time, microwave power of 676 W and impregnation ratio of 0.68. The AC produced in this work had a surface area of 1011 m(2) g(-1) with high porosity as shown by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Zinc was used to verify the potential of AC as an adsorbent. Zinc removal at the optimum conditions was found to be 13.72 mg g(-1). Such a Zn removal value is comparable with the earlier work of other researchers who used a conventional way of producing the AC. It is believed that microwave technology can be used for the production of AC in a short time with high energy efficiency, e.g., 11 minutes against 2-5 hours of reactivation for conventional methods.

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Funders: University of Malaya UM.C/HIR/MOHE/ENG/13 , University of Malaya (IPPP University of Malaya) PG040-2012B
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Response-surface methodology, aqueous-solution, chemical activation, metal-ions, removal, adsorption, waste, zinc, water, lead,
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 01:11
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 01:11
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/15724

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