The light enhanced removal of Bisphenol A from wastewater using cotton waste derived carbon microtubes
School of Engineering
The development of high performance, sustainable and inexpensive catalyst for environmental applications is a highly innovative and promising approach to meet the increasing demands from society on water treatment and pollution remediation. Carbon microtube (CMT) synthesized from cotton waste was successfully developed by direct pyrolysis of cotton bundle in argon atmosphere in different carbonization temperature (900, 1100, 1300 and 1500 °C). Carbon microtubes have been used for removal of Bisphenol A (BPA) in wastewater and showed the optimum performance for CMT11 and CMT 13. The mechanism involved in this efficient water treatment was ascribed to the strong π-π interaction and hydrogen bonds between CMT and BPA. Given the repeatability, high removal performance and cost effectiveness of the cotton based carbon microtubes when compared to other well-known catalysts such as carbon nanotubes, the carbon microtubes demonstrated great potential as low-cost, sustainable and effective catalyst for wastewater treatment.