Preparation of spherical alumina and copper oxide coated alumina sorbents by improved sol-gel granulation process

Genoveva Buelna, Y. S. Lin

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Abstract

Granular alumina (Al2O3) and copper coated Al2O3 sorbents were prepared by a continuous sol-gel process that could be the basis of a large-scale plant for production of the new sorbents by the sol-gel method. This continuous fabrication process allows the production of the sorbents in a larger quantity as well as in a more consistent shape and size. In addition, several improvements were done to the current synthesis procedure for sol-gel-derived pure γ-Al2O3 and copper doped Al2O3 granules, which include the preparation of the sorbents using alternate cost-effective raw materials, the elimination of the washing step and the fast drying of the beads by a microwave technique. These improvements simplify the sorbent synthesis process, minimize the wastes generated, reduce the preparation time, and decrease the production cost. The pore structure, mechanical strength and attrition rate of the sorbents prepared in this work were studied and compared with the properties of the best sorbents commercially available. Excellent pore structure and superior crushing strength were found in the sorbents prepared in this work compared to their commercial counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials

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