Carbon xerogels for the removal and photodegradation of Yellow-5 under solar irradiation

MATOS, J.; ARENILLAS, A.; MENÉNDEZ, J.A.:
Extended Abstracts of 8th International Conference on Carbon for Energy Storage and Environment Protection. ISBN 978-84-1302-058-7.

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Introduction

Environmental pollution and the production of clean energy are two major goals for the XXI century. Photocatalysis has emerged as a sustainable process for water remediation using active carbons with high microporosity. However, in water treatment processes the so called feeder pores play an important role. Synthetic carbons with very well controlled porous structure were produced with analogous surface chemistry and microporosity, being the feeder pore size the only difference. The role of the mean pore size on the adsorption capacity and photodegradation of yellow-5 (Y-5) was evaluated.

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