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Separation of Oil and Other Organics from Water Using Inverse Fluidization of Hydrophobic Aerogels

Abstract This dissertation presents a systematic study of the sorption mechanisms of hydrophobic silica aerogel (Cabot Nanogel®) granules for oil and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in different phases. The performance of Nanogel for removing oil from laboratory synthetic oil-in-water emulsions and real oily wastewater, and VOCs from their aqueous solution, in both packed bed (PB) and inverse fluidized bed (IFB) modes was also investigated. The sorption mechanisms of VOCs in the vapor, pure liquid, and aqueous solution phases, free oil, emulsified oil, and oil from real wastewater on Nanogel were systematically studied via batch kinetics and equilibrium experiments. The VOC results show that the adsorption of vapor is very slow due to the extremel... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Wang, Ding (Author) / Lin, Jerry Y.S. (Advisor) / Pfeffer, Robert (Advisor) / Westerhoff, Paul (Committee member) / Nielsen, David (Committee member) / Lind, Mary Laura (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Chemical engineering / adsorption / aerogel / fluidized bed / oil / VOC
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 217 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Chemical Engineering 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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