Polymer supported carbon for safe and effective remediation of PFOA and PFOS-contaminated water
Powdered activated carbon (PAC) is an economical sorbent for removing micropollutants from water, but it generates hazardous dust that is flammable and a respiration hazard. Additionally, the fine particles of PAC can cake and block filters and membranes, complicating its use in continuous processes. In this study, we present a sulfur polymer support for PAC that overcomes these problems. The blend of the sulfur polymer and PAC generates low dust and it does not block filters. The utility of the sorbent is demonstrated in the remediation of water contaminated with perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs)—persistent micropollutants that currently threaten water safety worldwide. Fundamental discoveries of PFAS self-assembly are reported, as well as testing on field samples.