Adsorption is the process by which particles, e.g., solvent molecules, become attached to a solid adsorbent. Pressure, temperature and the chemical conditions determine the process of adsorption.
The principle of catalytic combustion was discovered in the 19th Century by the Jena chemistry professor Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner. 1823 he developed, based on his findings, a catalytic lighter. Since then, the catalysis made its way in different areas, often unnoticed.
Aerosol, whether containing solid or liquid particles, are not retained by adsorption systems. The reasons are the particle size and the low diffusion of these relatively large particles. Even droplets are held together by surface tension and tend not to enter the pore space of an adsorbing material.