Adsorption Study of Carbofuran Onto Mesoporous Activated Carbon Prepared from Palm Oil Fronds

Author(s): J. M. Salman, W. A. Mahmoud, F. M. Abid and A. A. Muhammed

The adsorption of insecticide, carbofuran from aqueous solution onto activated carbon derived from palm oil fronds (PFAC) was investigated through batch study. The effects of both initial concentration and pH of the carbofuran over the range of 25 to 250 mg/L and 2 to 12, respectively on the adsorption of PFAC were studied in batch experiments. Equilibrium data were fitted to the Langmuir, the Freundlich and the Temkin isotherm models. The results obtained from application of these models show that the best fits were achieved with the Langmuir model and a maximum monolayer adsorption capacity of 164 mg/g was obtained at 30°C. The regeneration efficiency of spent activated carbon was studied and it was found to be 90.0- 96.4%. The results indicated that PFAC has good capability as adsorbent for the removal of carbofuran from aqueous solutions.

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