Sorption of Organic Compounds in the Aqueous Phase onto Tire Rubber

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Journal of Environmental Engineering (Impact Factor: 1.27). 09/1997; 123(9):828-835. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9372(1997)123:9(827)


Batch sorption tests were conducted to investigate the sorption capacity of organic compounds by ground tire and to assess the effects of the presence of other organic compounds, ionic strength, pH, ground tire particle size, and temperature on sorption. None of the factors were significant under the conditions tested, m-Xylene had the highest partition coefficient, followed by ethylbenzene, toluene, trichloroethylene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, chloroform, and methylene chloride (13 L/kg). The partition coefficients had a logarithmic linear relationship with the octanol-water partition coefficients. The diffusion coefficients of the compounds tested were in the range of 10⁻⁸ cm²/s. The diffusion coefficients did not correlate well with the physical/chemical properties, such as molecular size, of the compounds tested. The heat of solutions of the compounds tested had relatively low values. Thus, the sorption may not be affected significantly by temperature change. Organic compounds sorbed onto tire rubber appear to be sorbed primarily onto tire rubber polymeric materials and partially carbon black in the tire rubber. Overall, ground tire shows significant capacity as a sorbent of organic compounds.

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    • "In a permeation of organic compounds through rubber gaskets study, Park and Bontoux (1991) reported that rubber is a good sorbent for organic compounds. Kim et al. (1997) reported that organic compounds were sorbed primarily onto tire rubber polymeric materials and partially carbon black in the tire rubber, and the partition coefficients had a logarithmic linear relationship with the octanol–water partition coefficients. Gunasekara et al. (2000) further investigated the use of ground discarded tires to remove naphthalene and toluene from water. "
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    • "Furthermore, there is growing interest in the utilization of recycled materials for remediation of contaminated groundwater as a part of sorptive barrier investigations. Recycled materials, such as tire chips (Kim et al 1997) and foundry sand (Lee et al. 2004) have also been studied to investigate their feasibility as sorptive medium in these barrier systems. Approximately 90% of the coal used in United States is burned to produce electricity. "
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    • "Danwanichakul, P., et al. 1079 particles. Carbon black was tested to adsorb organic compound and was found that its sorption capacity was 20-60% of the tire rubber (Kim et al., 1997). Therefore, carbon black could contribute 5-15% of total adsorption capacity. "
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