Accurate blank corrections for zero length column experiments

Maarten Verbraeken, Alessio Centineo, Luigi Canobbio, Stefano Brandani*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

In this study we present a new methodology for correcting experimental Zero Length Column data, to account for contributions to the measured signal arising from extra-column volumes and the detector. The methodology considers the experimental setup as a series of mixing volumes with diffusive pockets whose contributions to the overall measured signal can be accurately described by simple model functions. The composite effect of the individual contributions is subsequently described through the method of convolution. It is shown that the model parameters are closely related to the physical characteristics of the setup components and as such they remain valid over a range of process conditions. The methodology is firstly validated through fitting to experimental experiments without adsorbent present. The inverse procedure of deconvolution can in turn be applied to experimental data with adsorbent, to yield corrected data which can readily be modelled using standard tools for equilibrium and kinetic analysis. A number of case studies is finally presented exemplifying the effect of applying accurate blank corrections, demonstrating also the application to a nonlinear adsorption system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-145
Number of pages17
Issue number1
Early online date18 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Adsorption equilibrium
  • Adsorption kinetics
  • Blank correction
  • Deconvolution
  • Zero length column experiment


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