Faculty Advisor

Timko, Michael T.


In many water bodies across the globe there is the presence of heavy metals such as copper. This contamination can be very detrimental to individuals as it can lead to significant health risks. A fairly new investigated area of this kind of water remediation is the use of sorption materials than can adsorb the heavy metals from the water bodies and aqueous solutions. Investigated in this project, possible sorption materials include hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) of glucose and its activation via potassium hydroxide (KOH) and a one-step HTC of glucose in the presence of acrylic acid monomer. Using measurements of copper adsorption from aqueous solutions, it was found that the best sorption material of these three was the KOH activated hydrochar.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2019


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering