Received 17 Nov 2014, Accepted 12 Jan 2015
First published online 12 Jan 2015
It is vital to characterize the adsorption dynamics in oil-gas reservoirs and pollution control industry. Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy was used to study the adsorption of the water molecules into active carbons. The absorbance at selected frequencies and the first principal component scores over the whole THz range were related to the corresponding time lengths. The collective tendency expressly tracked the dynamics of water adsorbed into active carbon pores. Therefore, THz technique can be used as a promising tool to monitor the adsorption issue in petroleum and environment fields.