Faculty Advisor

Kazantzis, Nikolaos K.

Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


In this Experiment t-butyl alcohol was removed from water through the use of adsorption. Three different zeolites (ZSM-5, HiSiv 3000, and Activated Carbon) were used to determine which one was the most efficient for removing TBA from water when present in low concentrations (approximately 10ppm TBA in water.) Through the use of 3cm tall beds, Activated Carbon as well as a mix of half ZSM-5 and half HiSiv 3000 were determined to be less efficient than the ZSM-5 and the HiSiv 3000. Through the use of 6cm and 9cm beds ZSM-5 was shown to have a greater adsorption capacity than the HiSiv 3000 in absorbing TBA from water when present in low concentrations.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering