Research objectives and content
Microcystins are toxins found in water supplies throughout the world and it has been suggested that chronic exposure to low levels may be associated with liver cancer. Activated carbon has been found as a useful way to remove them from raw water. Recently activated carbon has been produced from developing countries's raw materials, like for example in The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Edinburgh University, where are being produced steam pyrolysis carbons from waste husks of Moringa Oleifera. These carbons tend to be microporous, but high mesoporosity is necessary to adsorb microcystins since they are large molecules So, the work plan would be consists of establishing whether these carbons and carbons from other waste materials, such as the pod from Moringa Oleifera, sunflower seed husks, macadamia nut shells, groundnut shells, are useful in the removal of microcystins.
Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
To obtain carbons with high volume in the mesopore range that can adsorb mycrocystins from raw water With a concomitant learning the possibilities of activated carbon for water treatment Achieving potable water is the main need for less developed countries for this reason the wy of removing specific impurities like liver toxins from drinking water, make worthwhile any kind of work that we undertake.
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