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- Absorption – "the incorporation of a substance in one state into another of a different state" (e.g., liquids being absorbed by a solid or gases being absorbed by a liquid);
- Adsorption – the physical adherence or bonding of ions and molecules onto the surface of another phase (e.g., reagents adsorbed to a solid catalyst surface);
- Ion exchange – an exchange of ions between two electrolytes or between an electrolyte.Both absorption and adsoption can take place simuntaneously, The term Sorption is used to describe these two processes solution and a complex.
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