Adsorption of Paracetamol Using Activated Carbon of Dende and Babassu Coconut Mesocarp
Removal of the widespread used drug paracetamol
from water was investigated using activated carbon originated from
dende coconut mesocarp and babassu coconut mesocarp. Kinetic and
equilibrium data were obtained at different values of pH. Both
activated carbons showed high efficiency when pH ≤ pHPZC as the
carbonil group of paracetamol molecule are adsorbed due to
positively charged carbon surface. Microporosity also played an
important role in such process. Pseudo-second order model was better
adjusted to the kinetic results. Equilibrium data may be represented
by Langmuir equation.
Adsorption, activated carbon, babassu, dende.