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  • Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal or activated coal, is a general term which covers carbon material mostly derived from charcoal. For all three variations of the name, "activated" is sometimes substituted with "active".
  • It is a material with an exceptionally high surface area. Just one gram of activated carbon has the surface area of approximately 500 m2, typically determined by nitrogen gas adsorption, and includes a large amount of microporosity.
  • It can be produced in two different processes from a variety of carbonaceous source materials, e.g. nutshells, wood, coal. It can be produced using Physical reactivation and chemical activation processes.
  • Adsorption on granular activated carbon finds growing use as an effective and economical process for purifying liquids by separating low concentrations of absorbable molecules from liquids. Examples of some large volume applications of this process are the de- colorization of sugar solutions, removal of taste and odor from potable water, and the removal of dissolved organics from industrial and municipal waste streams.
  • Activated carbon does not bind well to certain chemicals, including lithium, alcohols, glycols, ammonia, strong acids and bases, metals and most inorganic minerals, such as sodium, iron, lead, arsenic, fluorine, and boric acid. Activated carbon does adsorb iodine very well and in fact the iodine number, mg/g, (ASTM D28 Standard Method test) is used as an indication of total surface area.
  • Activated carbon can be used as a substrate for the application of various chemicals to improve the adsorptive capacity for some inorganic (and problematic organic) compounds such as hydrogen sulphide (H2S), ammonia (NH3), formaldehyde (HCOH), radio-isotopes (Iodine-131) and mercury (Hg). This property is known as chemisorption.
  • Activated carbon is used to treat poisonings and overdoses following oral ingestion. It prevents absorption of the poison by the gastrointestinal tract. Activated carbon has become the treatment of choice for many poisonings, and other decontamination methods such as ipecac induced emesis or stomach pumps are now used rarely.
  • Activated carbon filters can be used to filter vodka of organic impurities. Since the activated carbon does not bind well to alcohols, the percentage of ethanol is not significantly affected, but the carbon will bind to and remove many organic impurities which can affect color, taste, and odor.
  • Potable water currently is the largest end-use market for activated carbon, accounting for 101 million pounds or 37 percent of total consumption of liquid-phase applications in 2002. Demand for activated carbon in public service water is expected to grow at approximately 4.5 percent annually.
  • In 2002, gas-phase applications of activated carbon accounted for 75 million pounds or 21 percent of total activated carbon consumed in the United States. End-use applications such as solvent recovery and air purification are benefiting from stricter environmental regulations (such as the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990) and increased indoor air quality issues in both residential and commercial environments. Activated carbon use in automotive emission canisters is also benefiting from environmental legislation. Overall, total consumption of activated carbon in gas-phase applications should grow at an average annual rate of 3.5 percent through 2006.
  • Activated carbon is expected to grow in the U.S. at approximately 3 percent annually over the forecasted period to 2006, mostly driven by environmental considerations. Large underutilized capacity overseas will provide a ready supply of potential imports which will tend to limit price increases for most grades.
  • US activated carbon demand will rise 4.3 percent annually through 2008 based on growing requirements for motor vehicle emission canisters and greater use in industrial mercury removal.
 General Information
  • Activated carbon
  • History of Activated carbon
  • Characteristics of Activated Carbon
  • Adsorption Process of Activated Carbon
  • Clack Granular Activated Carbon

Production and Processing

  • Manufacturing Processes of Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon Produced from coconut shells
  • Manufacturing of Activated Carbon from Agricultural Waste
  • Activated carbon from Moringa husks and pods
  • Activated Carbon Processes
  • Activated Carbon Processing Technology
  • Activated Carbon Production Process

Functions and Properties

  • Activated Carbon Filteration
  • Granular Activated Carbon Roles In Gas Conditioning
  • Electronic Properties of Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon acted as Ammonia Absorbants in Fish Culture
  • Activated Carbon Catalysts
  • Properties of Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon Product Properties
  • Effect of Ozonation on the Activated Carbon Surface and 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole Adsorption

Company Profiles

  • Norit Catalyst Development
  • Calgon Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • Carbochem Inc.
  • CarboPur Technologies
  • Carbon Activated Corp.
  • CPL Carbon Link
  • Macro Carbons
  • Shanghai MeBao Activated Carbon Co.,Ltd
  • Zhejiang Tongchun industries  
  • Carbon Company
  • Jiangxi Huaiyushan Activated Carbon Group  
  • Chemviron Carbon


  • Professional Analytical and Consulting Services
  • Experts in activated-carbon system
  • Dan D. Edie
  • G. Edward Soméus
  • Expert in Odors and Air Purification; Activated Carbon
  • D.Grant Allen
  • Kevin Kennedy & Associates, Inc
  • Michael J. Antal
  • Silvana Velten


  • Desulfurizer Comprising Method of Activated Carbon
  • Method for producing activated carbon from carbon black
  • Process of Activated Cabon
  • Activated Carbon
  • Decaffeination with Treated Activated Carbon
  • Dual Impregnated Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon Recovery of Gold
  • Method for Reactivating Activated Carbon and Activating Carbon
  • Activated Carbon Nanofibers
  • Process for Producing Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon for Fuel Purification
  • PH Stable Activated Carbon

Material Safety Data Sheet

  • Activated Carbon
  • Activated/Reactivated Carbon
  • Carbon Activated Charcoal
  • Exchange Carbon
  • Powdered Activated Carbon
  • Carbon Activated Powder

Plant and Projects

  • Donau Carbon GmbH & Co. KG
  • Activated Carbon Production Plant
  • Nanostructured Activated Carbon for Hydrogen StorageCarbon Storage
  • Activated Carbon Production from North Dakota Lignite
  • DBP Formation Control by Modified Activated Carbons
  • Activated Carbon Manufacturing using Xylite Charcoal
  • Use of Activated Carbon to Remove Radon from Drinking Water
  • Expanding Market for Activated Carbon from Corn-to-Ethanol By-Products
  • Processing wood char into activated carbon
  • Activated Carbon from Bamboo -Technology Development towards Commercialisation
  • Liquid-phase Granular Activated Carbon Adsorption
  • Activated Carbon Injection for Mercury Control in Flue Gas
  • Activated Carbon Full-Scale Technology
  • Activated Carbon in Home and Room Air Purifiers
  • Taiwan Activated Carbon Technology
  • Modified Activated Carbon Technology
  • Elemental Odor Control - New trends in activated carbons


  • Activated Carbon For Aquarium Use
  • Activated Carbon for Purification of Alcohol
  • Uses of Norit Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon Used for Production of Mercury Sorbents
  • Activated Carbon Filter Used for Home Water Treatment
  • Home Water Treatment Using Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon Used for Automotive Emissions Control
  • Use of Activated Carbon in the Marine Tank


  • World Market Condition of Activated Carbon
  • Certain Activated Carbon From China
  • Activated Carbon Demand In Market
  • Environmental concerns driving activated carbon market
  • Pharma industry to drive activated carbon growth
  • Activated Carbon Market Study
  • Activated Carbon Bioreactor Market


  • Granular Activated Carbon Management at a Water Treatment
  • CO2 emission and its mitigation by adsorption on zeolites and activated carbon
  • Cost Estimation of Activated Carbon Injection for Controlling Mercury Emissions
  • Disposal of ETF Activated Carbon Vessels in Slit Trenches
  • Activated Carbon with High Capacitance for Electrical Double Layer Capacitor
  • Leaching Characteristics of Fly Ash Activated Carbon from Mercury Control Technologies
  • Research on Powdered Activated Carbon to Remove Dissolved Oil Spill
  • Protocol for Testing the Performance of Activated Carbon Filter

Manufacturers, Suppliers and Equipments Suppliers

  • China Suppliers of Activated Cabon
  • China Manufacturers of Activated Cabon
  • Suppliers Directory of Active Carbon
  • Exporters of Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon Suppliers
  • Granular Activated Carbon Manufacturers
  • Manufacturers of Activated Carbon
  • Selling Leads of Activated Carbon
  • Trade Leads of Activated Carbon
  • Ducon Equipments Suppliers


  • Activated Carbon Buyers
  • Foreign Buyers of Activated Carbon
  • Importers of Activated Carbon
  • Indian Importers of Activated Carbon
  • Activated Carbon Buyers List


  • Guide for Activated Carbon Treatment
  • ASTM Activated Carbon Standards
  • Activated Carbon Useful Links

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