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Graduate Training Position – Synthesis of activated carbon based materials for the wastewater treatment.

Status: Closed

General Information


Activated carbon-based materials for wastewater treatment.

Sending Institution

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon

Host Institution

University of Granada (UGR) in Spain


Dr. Sergio Morales Torres from UGR and, Dr. Walid Harb & Dr. Darine Geara from USEK

Start Date

April 25, 2022

Application Deadline

April 1, 2022


Activated carbons, Chemical characterization, Wastewater treatment

Profile & Skills Required

MS-Biochemistry, MS-Chemistry

Promoting Research Work

All relevant results will be published in international journals and presented at national and international conferences. In addition, if these materials perform well, the patentability of any new results will be considered before any public disclosure.

Training Details


The work's main aim will be to synthesize activated carbons (ACs) from grape seeds by chemical activation. Textural and chemical characterization of the samples will be carried out by different techniques, and their behavior as adsorbents in the removal of a water pollutant will be assessed. The results were obtained. It will be compared with commercial ACs and other carbons materials from UGR Team.


  • Synthesis of ACs from grape seeds by chemical activation with KOH. The KOH/seed ratio (1:1, 1:2) and treatment temperature (800, 900 °C) will be studied.
  • Textural and chemical characterization by physical adsorption of nitrogen, SEM, FTIR, TG/DTG, and measurements of the point of zero charges.
  • Removal of 5-Fluorouracil (10 ppm) in an aqueous solution. Some operating parameters will be optimized, such as adsorbent load, pollutant concentration, temperature, etc. The experiments will be carried out with the ACs prepared and two other materials, the commercial NORIT AC and a mesoporous carbon xerogel prepared by the UGR Team.


Any omission or non-compliance with the instructions requested will result in the Applicant's ineligibility. Any application that does not comply with the instructions will be rejected.

- Guide for Applicants.
- Application form N°1.