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SCHERER, Robison P.; MALVESTI, Álvaro L.; PERGHER, Sibele B. C. and SOUZA, Wladmir Ferraz de. Study of adsorption of sulphur compounds employing a comercial diesel dopped with benzothiophene and dibenzothiophene. Quím. Nova [online]. 2009, vol.32, n.1, pp. 34-37. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422009000100006.
Desulphurization process by adsorption was studied employing a commercial diesel dooped with 1000 mg/L of benzothiophene and dibenzothiophene. The adsorbents materials employed were three types of activated alumina (acid, basic and neutral). For comparison, adsorption process was made also using oxidized diesel sample. The results showed that the adsorbents were selective for sulphur compounds removal from fuels. The contact time have influence in adsorption process achieving 80% of removal for not oxidized dibenzothiophene. The three studied alumina types showed similar behavior and a greater selective in dibenzothiophene adsorption than benzothiophene. Dibenzothiophene removal is more effective in samples not oxidized, whereas the benzothiophene was almost totally removed in oxidized sample.
Keywords : sulphur compounds; adsorption; fuels.