ERIE-REU

Adsorption properties and air quality applications for novel carbonaceous materials

Advisor:Dr. John D. Atkinson (Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering)
Other Mentors: None
Primary Activities: Laboratory experiments

Project Summary:Organic wastes, including coal, wood, used automobile tires, and discarded nutshells, can be readily converted into industrially relevant activated carbon products. These low-cost materials are used for trapping air pollutants and preventing their release to the atmosphere. In this project, unique organic starting materials will be used to prepare novel activated carbons. The corresponding physical, chemical, and adsorption properties of the prepared materials will be identified and quantified, in an effort to develop cost-effective and efficient adsorbents for air pollution control applications.

Skills/Courses Recommended: Basic knowledge of general chemistry; Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Mass Transfer

University at Buffalo