Department of Chemistry
Master of Science
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission from hydrocarbon fuel combustion is becoming a serious concern because it is the main contributor to greenhouse gas which causes global warming. Activated carbon sorbents have been used widely in various gas-phase and/or liquid-phase separation. Currently activated carbon (AC) is being investigated and developed for CO2 capture. Chicken waste, which is produced in large quantity in U.S., is currently disposed as waste. However, it may have a large benefit to turn chicken waste into useful activated carbon. In this research, a series of activated carbon have been generated from chicken waste and coal in the lab scale reactor. The characteristics of these generated activated carbons, such as specific surface, thermal stability, structure properties were investigated and discussed. The CO2 adsorption capabilities of these activated cartons were also studied in pure CO2 system and CO2/H2O system. One of these activated carbons was modified using the acid treatment, which improved the CO2 adsorption capacity by around 4 times.
Zhang, Yan, "Carbon Dioxide Capture: Using Activated Carbon From Chicken Waste" (2007). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 390.