Preparation of carbon sphere from lactose by hydrothermal reaction and its performance in gas separation

Yong Sun, Gang Yang, Chao Wen, Lian Zhang, Yun Shan Wang

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Carbon spheres were produced from mild hydrothermal reaction of biomass lactose, followed by carbonization with low-activation temperatures (400°C). The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET)-specific surface area of carbon at optimum condition was 403 m2/g. The resultant carbon shows good performance in preferential adsorption of CO2 to CH4 below 50 kPa at 293 K. The results of the isosteric enthalpies of adsorption for different gases on prepared carbon indicate mildly heterogeneous surfaces. The relatively good performance of the resultant carbon in kinetics indicates its potential for low-pressure kinetic separation of carbon dioxide from carbon dioxide and methane mixture at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-587
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Progress and Sustainable Energy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • activated carbon
  • gas separation
  • hydrothermal reaction
  • lactose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Environmental Science (all)


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