Few-layered graphene-like boron nitride induced a remarkable adsorption capacity for dibenzothiophene in fuels†
Metal-free graphene-like boron nitride (BN) samples were prepared and applied as adsorbents for removing dibenzothiophene (DBT) in model oil. The results showed that the graphene-like BN exhibited a remarkable adsorption performance. The adsorption capacity could reach 28.17 mg S g−1 adsorbent. Experiments have been carried out to investigate the effects of the number of BN layers, DBT initial concentration, and temperature on DBT adsorption. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models were used to study the adsorption of DBT on BN. The kinetic results showed that the adsorption process was best described by the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Density functional theory (DFT) was employed to prove that the Lewis acid–base interaction plays an important role in removing DBT over graphene-like BN.