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Materials 2017, 10(8), 853; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10080853

Evaluation of Toluene Adsorption Performance of Mortar Adhesives Using Porous Carbon Material as Adsorbent

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Building Environment & Materials Lab, School of Architecture, Soongsil University, Seoul 06978, Korea
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Department of Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Korea
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Soongsil University, Seoul 06978, Korea
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Department of Physics, Soongsil University, Seoul 06978, Korea
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Received: 12 July 2017 / Revised: 20 July 2017 / Accepted: 20 July 2017 / Published: 26 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Porous Materials)
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Porous carbon materials are advantageous in adsorbing pollutants due to their wide range of specific surface areas, pore diameter, and pore volume. Among the porous carbon materials in the current study, expanded graphite, xGnP, xGnP C-300, xGnP C-500, and xGnP C-750 were prepared as adsorbent materials. Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) analysis was conducted to select the adsorbent material through the analysis of the specific surface area, pore size, and pore volume of the prepared porous carbon materials. Morphological analysis using SEM was also performed. The xGnP C-500 as adsorbent material was applied to a mortar adhesive that is widely used in the installation of interior building materials. The toluene adsorption performances of the specimens were evaluated using 20 L small chamber. Furthermore, the performance of the mortar adhesive, as indicated by the shear bond strength, length change rate, and water retention rate, was analyzed according to the required test method specified in the Korean standards. It was confirmed that for the mortar adhesives prepared using the xGnP C-500 as adsorbent material, the toluene adsorption performance was excellent and satisfied the required physical properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: mortar adhesives; volatile organic compounds; small chamber; toluene; carbon nanomaterials mortar adhesives; volatile organic compounds; small chamber; toluene; carbon nanomaterials
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Wi, S.; Chang, S.J.; Jeong, S.-G.; Lee, J.; Kim, T.; Park, K.-W.; Lee, D.R.; Kim, S. Evaluation of Toluene Adsorption Performance of Mortar Adhesives Using Porous Carbon Material as Adsorbent. Materials 2017, 10, 853.

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