—Corn cobs were evaluated as raw material in the
production of an adsorbent for phenol removal from aqueous
solutions. Adsorption kinetics and equilibrium were
satisfactorily described by the pseudo second-order and
Freundlich models, respectively. Fixed bed adsorption
(breakthrough curve) was satisfactorily described by
Bohart-Adams, Yoon-Nelson and Dose-Response models.
Adsorption tests showed that the prepared adsorbent presented
higher adsorption capacity than activated carbons produced
from other agricultural residues, confirming that this type of
waste material is a suitable candidate for use in the production
—Adsorption, agricultural residues, corn cobs,
The authors are with DEMEC, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Av.
Antônio Carlos 6627, Belo Horizonte, MG, 31270-901, Brazil (e-mail:
Cite: Pablo D. Rocha, Adriana S. Franca, and Leandro S. Oliveira, "Batch and Column Studies of Phenol Adsorption by an
Activated Carbon Based on Acid Treatment of Corn Cobs," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 459-464, 2015.