Applied Surface Science, Vol.252, No.8, 2933-2937, 2006
Adsorption of nicotine and tar from the mainstream smoke of cigarettes by oxidized carbon nanotubes
The adsorption of nicotine and tar from the mainstream smoke (MS) by the filter tips filled respectively with oxidized carbon nanotubes (O-CNTs), activated carbon and zeolite (NaY) has been investigated. O-CNTs show exceptional removal efficiency and their adsorption mechanism is investigated. Capillary condensation of some ingredients from MS in the inner hole of O-CNTs is observed and may be the primary reason for their superior removal efficiency. The effect of O-CNTs mass on the removal efficiencies is also studied and the results show that about 20-30 mg O-CNTs per cigarette can effectively remove most of nicotine and tar. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.