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Preparation of Activated Carbon from Oil Sands Coke by Chemical and Physical Activation Techniques

  • Author / Creator
    Morshed, Golam
  • Oil sands coke is a by-product resulting from the upgrading of heavy crude bitumen to light synthetic oil. This research investigates the preparation of activated carbon from oil sands cokes by using both chemical activation and physical activation techniques. Chemical activation was completed using KOH as activation agent and heating with a muffle furnace. The highest iodine number obtained was 1942 mg/g and 1292 mg/g for delayed and fluid coke respectively. The highest BET surface area was obtained as 1654 m2/g and 1130 m2/g for delayed and fluid coke respectively at an activation temperature of 800°C using a KOH to coke ratio of 2. Physical activation was performed using steam and microwave heating. The highest iodine number obtained was 103 mg/g for delayed coke and 226 mg/g for fluid coke.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R33W3W
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Environmental Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Hashisho, Zaher (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Hashisho, Zaher (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Ulrich, Ania (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Gupta, Rajender (Chemical and Materials Engineering)