Adsorption

Adsorption happens when atoms or molecules form and stick to a surface area of different molecules and atoms.  

Byproduct atoms and molecules are commonly found in liquid, dissolved solids, or in gas forms.

Wet sand is a common example of adsorption.  Water molecules have bonded to the molecules and atoms of the sand. Heating the damp sand would cause the water to vaporize and separate from the sand.

Adsorption happens when atoms or molecules form and stick to a surface area of different molecules and atoms.   

One common industrial occurrence of adsorption happens in storage tanks that hold petroleum products like gasoline.

The stored gasoline can begin to vaporize but it remains in the storage tank with the gasoline.  

The vapor is a byproduct of fuel and air.

The formation of a vaporized product in storage tanks is a natural occurrence that causes the loss of product daily due to evaporation.

Some systems can be applied to storage tanks, and transfer facilities that return the formed tank vapors back to product form.  This reduces product loss due to evaporation.

Adsorption
Adsorption