Production of palm shell-based activated carbon with more homogeniouse pore size distribution

A. Arami-Niya*, W. M.A. Wan Daud, F. S. Mjalli

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Oil palm shell as a raw material was used for the preparation of activated carbon adsorbents. The precursor was first activated chemically with small proportion of zinc chloride and phosporic acid and then the prepared samples were treated with CO2 flow at 850°C at different activation time. The samples activated chemically with phosphoric acid showed higher surface area and pore volume compared to the samples activated using zinc chloride as chemical agent, at the same duration. In addition, it was shown that extra physical activation will grantees more developed pore structure. In terms of pore size distribution the combined preparation method resulted in a better and more homogenous pore size distribution than the commercial palm shell based activated carbon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3361-3366
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Activated carbon
  • Chemical activation
  • Palm shell
  • Physical activation
  • Pore size distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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