Adsorptive Desulfurization of Liquid Fuels Using Na-Bentonite Adsorbents


  • Fatma Dheif Ali Chemical Engineering Department, Al-Nahrain University, Bgahdad, IRAQ



Bentonite, Clay, adsorption, desulfurization, modified bentonite


In this work, model fuel (Thiophene in hexane) was treated for sulfur removal by adsorptive desulfurization method using modified bentonite with sodium (Na-B) adsorbent. Batch and continuous mode were used in this study. Several operating parameters such as initial thiophene concentration of 250 to 2000 mg/L , adsorbent dose 0.1 to 0.8g/ml were studied for  sulfur removal %. Also a comparison between raw and modified bentonite was performed in this study. In continuous mode, a packed bed of Na-B adsorbent column was used at constant initial thiophene concentration and liquid hourly space velocity (LHSV) to study the breakthrough curve of thiophene. The results showed that Na-B adsorbent was better than raw bentonite in removal of sulfur components. The removal percentages  was 67,75,87,and 91% for 500 mg/L initial thiophene concentration using adsorbent dose o.1, 0.2, 0.4 and 0.8g/ml respectively , and 87, 75, 57, and 53% for adsorbent dose of  0.2 g/ml using initial thiophene concentration of 250, 500, 1000, and 2000 mg/L respectively. It was concluded that when increase the dose of adsorbent, the removal of sulfur increase , and when increase the initial concentration the removal decrease.


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Ali, F. D. (2018). Adsorptive Desulfurization of Liquid Fuels Using Na-Bentonite Adsorbents. Al-Nahrain Journal for Engineering Sciences, 21(2), 248–252.