Development of microporous activated carbon using a polymer blend technique and its behavior towards methylene blue adsorption

  • Manocha, S. (Department of Materials Science, Sardar Patel University) ;
  • Brahmbhatt, Amit (Department of Materials Science, Sardar Patel University)
  • Received : 2011.02.05
  • Accepted : 2011.03.30
  • Published : 2011.06.30


Coloured wastewater is released as a direct result of the production of dyes as well as from various other chemical industries. Many dyes and their breakdown products may be toxic for living organisms. Activated carbon is one of the best materials for removal of dyes from aqueous solutions. The present study describes the adsorption behaviour of methylene blue dye on three microporous activated carbons, where two samples (AC-1 and AC-2) were prepared by a polymer blend technique and the other is a microporous activated carbon (ARY-3) sample from viscose rayon yarn prepared by chemical-physical activation. The effects of contact time and activated carbon dosage on decolourisation capacity have been studied. The results show that activated carbon having mixed microporosity and mesoporosity show tremendous decolourisation capacity for methylene blue. In addition, the activated carbon in the powder form prepared by the polymer blend technique shows better decolourisation capacity for methylene blue than the activated rayon yarn sample.


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