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This paper describes an investigation of the adsorption of CH3I on a KI-impregnated carbon and the influence of competitive adsorption on the process. A gravimetric method was used to study the equilibrium capacity and kinetics for the adsorption of CO2 and CH3I in the presence of He, and CH3I in the presence of CO2 on the carbon. The results of these experiments were compared with those obtained from measurements carried out using a McBain spring apparatus to obtain the equilibrium uptake of CH3I vapour on the KI-impregnated carbon at 293 K. The adsorption kinetic results covering the range 275-333 K show that the rates of adsorption are only weakly dependent on the temperature. The apparent activation energies for adsorption of CO2 and CH3I in the presence of He, and CH3I in the presence of CO2 were 20.0±1.1, 6.5±0.3 and 10.0±0.5 kJ mol-1, respectively. The rates of adsorption of CH3I in the presence of CO2 were about half the corresponding rate of the adsorption of CH3I in the presence of He. However, the equilibrium capacities were very similar in both cases. Adsorption experiments carried out over a CH3I partial pressure range, 3.08-38.5 kPa in CO2 showed that the initial adsorption rate constant was linearly dependent on the CH3I concentration. The results are discussed in terms of competitive adsorption in the CH3I-CO2 system. Copyright © 1996 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Author(s): Malik AA, Meddings PR, Patel A, Thomas KM
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
ISSN (print): 0008-6223
ISSN (electronic): 1873-3891
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