Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol.200, 133-139, 2012
Effect of thin hydrophobic films for toluene adsorption and desorption behavior on activated carbon fiber under dry and humid conditions
The toluene adsorption and desorption behavior of bare activated carbon fibers (ACFs) and those with a thin hydrophobic coating were studied. ACF surfaces were made hydrophobic by evaporating polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) on AFCs under atmospheric pressure condition. In the breakthrough curve of bare-ACF for toluene under humid air condition, the roll-up phenomenon towards toluene adsorption was observed. This was attributed to the substitution of the adsorbed toluene by water on ACF, leading to a rise of outlet concentration above the inlet concentration with a decrease in the amount of adsorbed toluene. Compared to bare-ACF, a superior selectivity and adsorption capacity for toluene was observed on the ACFs coated with PDMS. It is suggested that the PDMS-coating can increase the removal efficiency of ACF for toluene under humid air condition. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Hydrophobic coating;Activated carbon fiber;Selectivity;Toluene adsorption;Volatile organic compounds