Adsorption of BTX and PAHs by Polymeric Resins Packed in a Fixed Bed: Semi-Industrial Evaluation

Carla da Silva1, Cintia Barros1, Yure Queiros1, Luiz Marques1, Ana Maria Louvisse2 and Elizabete Lucas1
1 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Institute of Macromolecules(IMA), Laboratory of Macromolecules and Colloids for Petroleum Industry (LMCP), Av. Horacio Macedo, 2030, Ilha do Fundao, 21941598, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 2 PETROBRAS, Av. Horacio Macedo, 950, Ilha do Fundao, 21941915, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Polymeric resins were synthesized by suspension polymerization on a pilot scale and packed in an acrylic column for use in a semi-industrial elution system, to study their behavior as adsorbents of oily water. The performance in removing benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) was greater than 95.9 %, and the efficiency in retaining polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) remained near 96.3 %.

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