Removal of Chlorophenols by Biochar

This project aims at identifying the mechanisms involved during the removal of different types of chlorophenols using several biochars during water treatment. Chlorophenols and biochars with different physico-chemical properties will be tested as well as different environmental characteristics.

Sorption is one of the most popular and widely used technologies in water treatment, with activated carbon being frequently applied for the removal of organic trace contaminants. Biochar derived from pyrolysis of waste biomass, which closely resembles activated carbon, has been spotlighted as an excellent sorbent. In comparison to conventional activated carbon, biochar may be economically preferable with less energy requirements and no pre- or post-activation processes necessary during manufacturing. Furthermore, it is also environmentally beneficial by sequestering carbon through the conversion of organic waste materials via pyrolysis. Biochar has a wide range of chemical compositions and surface properties depending on the biomass type and pyrolysis temperature. However, a substantial understanding is required to ensure its efficiency to remove typical contaminants from water, such as chlorophenols. This project will hence assess the efficiency of biochar in removing chlorophenols from water.

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Research Institutes: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment

Research Themes: 

  • Environmental Engineering

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