Properties and potential environmental applications of carbon adsorbents from waste tire rubber

Christopher M.B. Lehmann, David Rameriz, Mark J. Rood, Massoud Rostam-Abadi

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The properties of tire-derived carbon adsorbents (TDCA) produced from select tire chars were compared with those derived from an Illinois coal and pistachio nut shells. Chemical analyses of the TDCA indicated that these materials contain metallic elements not present in coal-and nut shell-derived carbons. These metals, introduced during the production of tire rubber, potentially catalyze steam gasification reactions of tire char. TDCA carbons contained larger meso-and macopore volumes than their counterparts derived from coal and nut shell (on the moisture-and ash-free-basis). Adsorptive properties of the tire-derived adsorbent carbons for air separation, gas storage, and gas clean up were also evaluated and compared with those of the coal-and nut shell derived carbons as well as a commercial activated carbon. The results revealed that TDCA carbons are suitable adsorbents for removing vapor-phase mercury from combustion flue gases and hazardous organic compounds from industrial gas streams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-477
Number of pages3
JournalACS Division of Fuel Chemistry, Preprints
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 20 2000


  • Air pollution
  • Carbon adsorbent
  • Pyrolysis
  • Tire recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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