Effect of Solution pH on the Adsorption of Paracetamol on Chemically Modified Activated Carbons
AbstractParacetamol adsorption in acidic, neutral and basic media on three activated carbons with different chemistry surfaces was studied. A granular activated carbon (GAC) was prepared from coconut shell; starting from this sample, an oxidized activated carbon (GACo) was obtained by treating the GAC with a boiling solution of 6 M nitric acid, so to generate a greater number of oxygenated surface groups. In addition, a reduced activated carbon (GACr) was obtained by heating the GAC at 1173 K, to remove the oxygenated surface groups. Paracetamol adsorption was higher for GACr due to the lower presence of oxygenated surface functional groups. Moreover, adsorption was highest at neutral pH. The magnitude of the interactions between paracetamol molecules and activated carbons was studied by measuring the immersion enthalpies of activated carbons in solution of paracetamol at different concentrations and pH values and by calculating the interaction enthalpy. The highest value was obtained for GACr in a paracetamol solution of 1000 mg L−1 at pH 7, confirming that paracetamol adsorption is favoured on basic activated carbons at pH values near to neutrality. Finally, the Gibbs energy changes confirmed the latter result, allowing explaining the different magnitudes of the interactions between paracetamol and activated carbons, as a function of solution pH. View Full-Text
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Bernal, V.; Erto, A.; Giraldo, L.; Moreno-Piraján, J.C. Effect of Solution pH on the Adsorption of Paracetamol on Chemically Modified Activated Carbons. Molecules 2017, 22, 1032.
Bernal V, Erto A, Giraldo L, Moreno-Piraján JC. Effect of Solution pH on the Adsorption of Paracetamol on Chemically Modified Activated Carbons. Molecules. 2017; 22(7):1032.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bernal, Valentina; Erto, Alessandro; Giraldo, Liliana; Moreno-Piraján, Juan C. 2017. "Effect of Solution pH on the Adsorption of Paracetamol on Chemically Modified Activated Carbons." Molecules 22, no. 7: 1032.
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