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A material, compound, or system that can provide a sorption function, such as adsorption, absorption, or desorption.



any one of the solids or liquids that selectively sorbs gases, vapors, or dissolved substances from a surrounding medium. Depending on the nature of the sorption, distinctions are made between absorbents, which form solid or liquid solutions with the sorbates; adsorbents, which collect the sorbates on surfaces that are usually irregular in order to increase surface area; and chemical absorbents, which form chemical bonds with the sorbates. Ion-exchange sorbents, or ion exchangers, form a separate category; these substances absorb ions of one type from a solution and release an equivalent quantity of ions of another type. The most important solid sorbents include activated charcoal, silica gel, aluminum oxide, zeolites, and ion-exchange resins.

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Turchi says ADA's sorbent system has the benefits of being both robust and simple: no moving parts, and little training required.
While sorbent injection has been effective in reducing mercury emissions with some coal blends, current technologies have not achieved sufficient levels of reduction from blends of predominantly low-sulfur Western coal," said Skiles Boyd, director, environmental management and resources for DTE Energy.
The WAK combines components familiar to those who provide dialytic care with sorbent technology introduced in the REDY machine in a portable package.
The sorbent was filtered through 50 mesh sieve, washed, dried at 60oC for 24 hrs and used for adsorption of DB-K2RL dye under optimum conditions following the procedure of (Jaikumar and Ramamurthi 2009).
In the present study, the curaua fiber (Ananas erictifolius) was experimentally determined as sorbent for the diesel and biodiesel oils, and was compared with the commercial sorbent, based on peat.
She added that chitosan's film-forming ability and the surface roughness in calcium carbonate make them excellent sorbent materials.
The special attention is paid to zirconium oxyhydroxide, which, due to advanced surface, chemical and mechanical stability and the evolved hydroxylhydrated cover is effective sorbent for water purification from various impurity [5].
2009) and then the dithiooxamide functionalised MWCNT was used as a sorbent to remove the toxic Hg(II) ions in different aqueous solutions.