Faculty Advisor

Timko, Michael T.


In this paper, the adsorption of copper ions out of aqueous solution is studied using a 16hr glucose char in order to determine the specific surface area, the maximum capacity and the Langmuir constant for this char. Upon calculation of these values it was found that the 16hr glucose char has a large specific surface area on the order of magnitude of 1015 and can hold a maximum number of adsorbed ions of copper: 2.455*10-4mol/g; also, the Langmuir constant was found to be 40.34. This study will only cover a small part of the characterization process, using the Langmuir Isotherm to determine the parameters mentioned above, and will pave the way for future teams to continue the characterization of this particular char.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering