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Adsorption Capacity of Activated Carbon for Water Purification

Physics and Chemistry of Water

  1. Carl L. Yaws,
  2. Prasad K. Narasimhan

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.pc1607

Water Encyclopedia

Water Encyclopedia

How to Cite

Yaws, C. L. and Narasimhan, P. K. 2005. Adsorption Capacity of Activated Carbon for Water Purification. Water Encyclopedia. 4:381–384.

Author Information

  1. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Adsorption on activated carbon is an effective method for water purification. In this article, results for the adsorption capacity of activated carbon for removing organic chemicals from water are presented for a wide variety of substances—alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, acetates, benzenes, chloroalkanes, chloro-olefins, and bromoalkanes. The results use the adsorption capacity as a function of the adsorption potential of the chemical in the aqueous liquid. The correlation constants are displayed in an easy to use tabular format that is especially applicable to rapid engineering usage. Correlation results and experimental data are in favorable agreement.


  • activated carbon;
  • water purification;
  • adsorption capacity