Evaluation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes as an adsorbent for trapping volatile organic compounds from environmental samples
Li, Q. L.
Yuan, D. X.
Lin, Q. M.
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A type of purified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PMWCNTs) prepared by catalytic decomposition of methane, with a surface area of 98 m(2)/g, was evaluated as an adsorbent used for tapping volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The performance in evaluation was based on breakthrough volumes (BTVs) and recoveries of selected VOCs. PMWCNTs were also used as a trap packing material to adsorb VOCs purged from spiked water sample. Due to their porous structure, PMWCNTs were found to have much higher BTVs than that of Carbopack B, a graphitized carbon black with the same surface area as PMWCNTs. The recoveries of the tested VOCs trapped on PMWCNTs ranged from 80 to 110%, and not affected by the humidity of purge gas. The results indicate that PMWCNTs are a potential useful adsorbent for direct trapping VOCs from air samples and may be a supplement to VOCARB 3000, a commercially available trap, in purge-and-trap system to preconcentrate VOCs from water samples. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.