Filtering PCB

Bryan Houston & Robin Kotsia

Student thesis: Termpaper


PCB are contaminating compounds that were widely produced in the 70s. Today it is known that they can cause several health effects including cancer, to animals and humans, and have therefore become an important issue of global interest. Filtering PCB and removing them from the environment has become an area of research for many chemists around the world. For this case study, cotton was tested as a filtering material for PCB and compared to activated carbon which is broadly used as a filter for this purpose. Activated carbon was also tested in order to get data on its efficiency as a filter, before comparing cotton to it. For the experiments, GC/MS was used as major tool for the analysis. Results showed that cotton is a satisfying filter for some types but does not filter all types as efficiently.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Program in Natural Sciences, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date22 Jun 2015
SupervisorsJohn Mortensen


  • Activated Carbon
  • Filtering
  • Activated Carbon Filter
  • Cotton
  • PCB
  • GC/MS