Sorption vs Adsorption: the words they are a-changin', not the phenomena

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Authors

Olivier Pourret , Jean-Claude Bollinger, Andrew Hursthouse , Eric D van Hullebusch

Abstract

In this discussion, we highlight that the terms sorption and adsorption are often confused and misused in many articles. Even if one thought their formal definition is well known, this does not appear to be the case.
We recommend encouragement to adopt the word adsorption only when fully supported by appropriate data and using the sorption terminology when it is more
speculative, typically in complex solid/fluid natural systems.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31223/X5NM0H

Subjects

Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences

Keywords

Sorption, adsorption, absorption, biosorption, surface complexation

Dates

Published: 2022-05-17 08:55

Last Updated: 2022-06-15 17:09

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CC BY Attribution 4.0 International

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