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MICROBIAL TARGETED DEGRADATION PRETREATMENT: A NOVEL APPROACH TO PREPARATION OF ACTIVATED CARBON WITH SPECIFIC HIERARCHICAL POROUS STRUCTURES, HIGH SURFACE AREAS, AND SATISFACTORY TOLUENE ADSORPTION PERFORMANCE
Zhang, W., H. Cheng, Q. Niu, M. Fu, H. Huang, and D. Ye.
Environmental Science & Technology 53(13):7632-7640(2019)

This study tested whether microbial lignocellulose decomposition pretreatment increased the adsorption capability of hierarchical porous carbon (M-AC) made from crude biomass substrate. Dynamic toluene adsorption indicated that the carbon materials with microbial pretreatment had much better adsorption performances than AC without pretreatment. The M-AC material pretreated with a cellulose-degrading microbe showed the best adsorption capacity due to well-developed micropores, whereas the M-AC material pretreated with a lignin-degrading microbe showed excellent transport diffusion due to well-developed mesopores.



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