Jiyeol Bae1, Suho Kim2, Soyoung Baek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.1

1 Department of Land, Water and Environment Research, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT), Goyang 10223, Korea
2 Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Korea

Received: October 1, 2021
Revised: December 3, 2021
Accepted: January 3, 2022

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Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.210263  

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Bae, J., Kim, S., Baek, S. (2022). Parallelly Aligned, Activated Carbon Coated Plates Operating as Adsorption Columns for Removing VOCs. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.210263


  • Activated carbon (AC) immobilization technology without pore-clogging was developed.
  • A parallel-aligned AC-coated plate system was developed for BTEX removal.
  • The developed process has significant BTEX removal efficiency and high air permeability.
  • A plate-type AC-coated adsorption material can be easily applied and regenerated.


A semi‒pilot-scale adsorption reactor was fabricated to remove a volatile organic compound (VOC) gases mixture (BTEX). Activated carbon (AC) was immobilized by coating it on stainless steel plates using a polyvinyl acetate (PVA) binder, and the open-pore structure was maintained after the coating process. Parallelly aligned plates coated with AC minimized the decrease in pressure by inducing smooth fluid flow and maintained a high removal efficiency even at a high linear velocity. The order of the capacities for adsorption was: xylene > ethyl benzene > toluene > benzene, which was due to their differences in hydrophobicity and molecular weight. The adsorption-desorption process was performed for five successive cycles. The efficiency of removal was evidently the same for all cycles, which makes this reactor a sustainable one. 

Keywords: Activate carbon coated plate (ACP), Immobilization of powder type adsorbent, BTEX mixed gases adsorption, Adsorption and desorption, van der Waals force

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