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Adsorption of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHS) from Aqueous Solutions on Different Sorbents

Marzena Smol
  • Częstochowa University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Poland
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/ Maria Włodarczyk-Makuła
  • Częstochowa University of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Poland
/ Dariusz Włóka
  • Częstochowa University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Poland
Published Online: 2014-12-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ceer-2014-0017


This paper presents the results of the possibility and effectiveness of PAHs removal from a model aqueous solution, during the sorption on the selected sorbents. Six PAHs (naphthalene, acenaphthylene, acenaphthene, fluorene, phenanthrene, anthracene) listed by EPA for the analysis in the environmental samples were determined. Model aqueous solution was prepared with RESTEK 610 mix PAHs standard. After the sorption process, decrease in the concentration of individual hydrocarbons was observed. The removal percentage was dependent on the type of sorbent (quartz sand, mineral sorbent, activated carbon). The highest efficiency (98.1%) was observed for activated carbon.. The results shows that the sorption processes can be used in aqueous solutions treatment procedures.

Keywords: 2- and 3-rings of PAHs; adsorption; quartz sand; mineral sorbent; activated carbon


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* Częstochowa University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Engineering, ul. Brzeźnicka 60a, 42-200 Częstochowa, Poland; tel. +48343250919

Published Online: 2014-12-10

Citation Information: Civil And Environmental Engineering Reports, ISSN (Online) 2450-8594, ISSN (Print) 2080-5187, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ceer-2014-0017. Export Citation

© 2014 Marzena Smol et. al.. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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