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The Freundlich equation or Freundlich adsorption isotherm, an adsorption isotherm, is a curve relating the concentration of a solute on the surface of an adsorbent to the concentration of the solute in the liquid with which it is in contact. In 1909, Freundlich gave an empirical expression representing the isothermal variation of Adsorption of a quantity of gas adsorbed by unit mass of solid adsorbent with pressure. This equation is known as Freundlich Adsorption Isotherm or Freundlich Adsorption equation. There are basically two well established types of adsorption isotherm: the Freundlich adsorption isotherm and the Langmuir adsorption isotherm. Here the amount of mass that is adsorbed is plotted against the temperature which gives an idea about the variation of adsorption with temperature.
Freundlich adsorption isotherm
The Freundlich Adsorption Isotherm is mathematically expressed as
It is also written as
It is also written as
- x = mass of adsorbate
- m = mass of adsorbent
- p = Equilibrium pressure of adsorbate
- c = Equilibrium concentration of adsorbate in solution.
K and n are constants for a given adsorbate and adsorbent at a particular temperature.
At high pressure 1/n = 0, hence extent of adsorption becomes independent of pressure.
It is used in cases where the actual identity of the solute is not known, such as adsorption of colored material from sugar, vegetable oil etc.
Limitation of Freundlich adsorption isotherm
Experimentally it was determined that extent of adsorption varies directly with pressure until saturation pressure Ps is reached. Beyond that point rate of adsorption saturates even after applying higher pressure. Thus Freundlich Adsorption Isotherm failed at higher pressure.
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Adsorption on heterogeneous surfaces: the exponential equation for the overall adsorption isothermM Jaroniec - Surface Science, 1975 Elsevier
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