Investigation of rice husk derived activated carbon for removal of nitrate contamination from water

Aliya R. Satayeva, Carol A. Howell, Alina V. Korobeinyk, Jakpar Jandosov, Vassilis J. Inglezakis, Zulkhair A. Mansurov, Sergey V. Mikhalovsky

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Development of porous carbons with high specific surface area (>1200 m g−1) targeted at nitrate removal from aqueous solutions is investigated by chemical activation of carbonized rice husk. Potassium carbonate is used as activating and desilicating agent. The effect of post-synthetic treatment by gas phase ammoxidation with ozone/ammonia or oxidation with concentrated nitric acid followed by nitrification with urea on main physicochemical properties and on the effectiveness of the activated carbons in nitrate removal is compared with those determined for a pristine activated carbonized rice husk sample. The two-fold enhancement of nitrate removal by the urea-modified activated carbon in comparison with pristine and ammoxidated sample is in direct correlation with the development of surface basic groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1245
Number of pages9
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 2018


  • Activated carbon
  • Biomass
  • Nitrate ions adsorption
  • Nitrogen functionalization
  • Rice husk carbonization
  • Surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

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