what is adsorbtion

what is adsorbtion



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B.V.Suhas Sudheendhra
43 Points
12 years ago

Adsorption is a process that occurs when a gas or liquid solute accumulates on the surface of a solid or a liquid (adsorbent), forming a molecular or atomic film (the adsorbate). It is different from absorption, in which a substance diffuses into a liquid or solid to form a solution. The term sorption encompasses both processes, while desorption is the reverse process.

Adsorption is operative in most natural physical, biological, and chemical systems, and is widely used in industrial applications such as activated charcoal, synthetic resins and water purification.

Ashwin Muralidharan IIT Madras
290 Points
12 years ago

Hi Shravan,


Absorption, in chemistry, is a physical or chemical phenomenon or a process in which atoms, molecules, or ions enter some bulk phase - gas, liquid, or solid material. This is a different process from adsorption, since molecules undergoing absorption are taken up by the volume, not by the surface (as in the case for adsorption). A more general term is "sorption", which covers absorption, adsorption, and ion exchange. Absorption is a condition in which something takes in another substance.


Hope it helps.



Ashwin (IIT Madras).

sajid ali
29 Points
12 years ago

the physical attachment of any substance on any surface is called adsorbtion......

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