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Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2013 May;20(5):2828-43. doi: 10.1007/s11356-013-1524-1. Epub 2013 Feb 21.

Sorption of pollutants by porous carbon, carbon nanotubes and fullerene- an overview.

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  • 1Chemistry Department, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India.


The quality of water is continuously deteriorating due to its increasing toxic threat to humans and the environment. It is imperative to perform treatment of wastewater in order to remove pollutants and to get good quality water. Carbon materials like porous carbon, carbon nanotubes and fullerene have been extensively used for advanced treatment of wastewaters. In recent years, carbon nanomaterials have become promising adsorbents for water treatment. This review attempts to compile relevant knowledge about the adsorption activities of porous carbon, carbon nanotubes and fullerene related to various organic and inorganic pollutants from aqueous solutions. A detailed description of the preparation and treatment methods of porous carbon, carbon nanotubes and fullerene along with relevant applications and regeneration is also included.

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