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    • ISSN: 2010-0221 (Print)
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Chem. Eng. Appl.
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJCEA
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Prof. Dr. Shen-Ming Chen
National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

IJCEA 2013 Vol.4(4): 254-261 ISSN: 2010-0221
DOI: 10.7763/IJCEA.2013.V4.306

Modeling of the Dynamics Adsorption of Phenol from an Aqueous Solution on Activated Carbon Produced from Olive Stones

H. Nouri and A. Ouederni
Abstract—A continuous fixed bed study was carried out by using granular activated carbon produced from olive stone for the removal of phenol from aqueous solution. The effects of initial phenol concentration (40-250 mg/l), feed flow rate (2.2-8.4 ml/min)and activated carbon bed depth(5-20 cm) on the breakthrough characteristics of the adsorption system were determined.The obtained results showed that the adsorption capacity increases with the bed depth and the initial concentration and it decreases at higher flow rate.Three models namely Clark, Thomas, and Yoon - Nelson were employed to predict the breakthrough curves and to determine the characteristic parameters of the column useful for column design.These models fitted well the adsorption data with coefficient of correlation R2>0.9 at different conditions. The activated carbon from olive stone was shown to be suitable adsorbent for adsorption of phenol using fixed bed adsorption.

Index Terms—Phenol, activated carbon, olive stones, adsorption, breakthrough, fixed bed.

The authors are with the National School of Engineers of Gabes, University of Gabes, Street Omar Ibn El Khattab - 6029 Gabes – Tunisia (e-mail:


Cite:H. Nouri and A. Ouederni, "Modeling of the Dynamics Adsorption of Phenol from an Aqueous Solution on Activated Carbon Produced from Olive Stones," International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications vol. 4, no. 4 pp. 254-261, 2013.

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