One-sided single-pellet technique for adsorption and intraparticle diffusion

Dogu T., Yasyerli N., Dogu G., McCoy B., Smith J.

AICHE JOURNAL, vol.42, no.2, pp.516-523, 1996 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Journal Name: AICHE JOURNAL
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.516-523
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The one-sided single-pellet dynamic technique introduced in this article is shown to be a very effective and simple method for the analysis of adsorption and diffusion in porous solids. Moment expressions are presented for reversible and irreversible adsorption processes. Since the adsorption equilibrium constant is the only unknown parameter in the first moment expression, this parameter can be evaluated from a single set of pulse-response experiments. This technique to evaluate the adsorption equilibrium constant is illustrated using ethylbromide as tracer. It is also shown that for a very strongly adsorbing tracer, such as 1,2-dichloroethane in soil, modified moment expressions derived with a semiinfinite boundary condition are necessary unless a criterion developed in this work is satisfied.