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Activated Carbon

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Physical Details and Properties

Activated carbon, also known as activated charcoal, is a highly porous carbon form exhibiting exceptional adsorption properties. It is produced by processing carbonaceous materials at high temperatures, such as coal, wood, or coconut shells. Activated carbon has a large internal surface area, giving it a remarkable capacity to adsorb impurities and contaminants.

Production Methods

At SoleChem Chemicals, we ensure a reliable supply of high-quality activated carbon. The production of activated carbon involves two main methods:

  1. Chemical Activation: Carbonaceous materials are impregnated with chemical agents, such as zinc chloride or phosphoric acid in this method. The impregnated material is then heated at high temperatures, forming activated carbon with desired properties.
  2. Physical Activation: Physical activation directly activates carbonaceous materials by exposing them to high temperatures and steam or carbon dioxide. This process creates a highly porous structure, increasing the activated carbon’s surface area and adsorption capacity.

Types of Activated Carbon based on Shape

Activated carbon is available in various shapes, each suitable for specific applications:

  1. Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC): PAC has a fine particle size and is commonly used for liquid-phase applications, such as water and wastewater treatment, due to its high adsorption capacity.
  2. Granular Activated Carbon (GAC): GAC consists of larger particles, balancing adsorption capacity and hydraulic performance. It is widely used in gas-phase applications, such as air purification and gas treatment.
  3. Pelletized Activated Carbon: Pelletized activated carbon is formed by agglomerating powdered or granular activated carbon into small pellets. It offers improved handling and reduced dust compared to other forms, making it suitable for various applications.

Types of Activated Carbon based on Material

Activated carbon can be classified based on the material used for its production:

  1. Coal-based Activated Carbon: Coal-based activated carbon is derived from coal through activation. It is widely used in water and wastewater treatment, gas purification, and industrial applications.
  2. Wood-based Activated Carbon: Wood-based activated carbon is derived from various wood sources, including coconut shells, hardwoods, and softwoods. It finds applications in water treatment, food and beverage processing, and pharmaceutical industries.
  3. Coconut Shell-based Activated Carbon: Activated carbon derived from coconut shells offers excellent adsorption properties and is widely used in water purification, air filtration, and gold recovery processes.

Industrial Applications

Activated carbon is utilized in various European industries due to its exceptional adsorption capabilities. Some key applications include:

  1. Water and Wastewater Treatment: Activated carbon is extensively used in water and wastewater treatment processes to remove organic contaminants, taste, odor, and color. It is employed in both municipal and industrial water treatment systems.
  2. Air and Gas Purification: Activated carbon plays a crucial role in air and gas purification, effectively removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gases, and odors. It applies to industrial emissions control, indoor air quality improvement, and respiratory protection.
  3. Food and Beverage Processing: Activated carbon is employed in the food and beverage industry to decolorize, deodorize, and remove impurities. It is used in sugar refining, edible oil purification, and beverage dechlorination.
  4. Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications: Activated carbon is used in pharmaceuticals for drug purification and medical applications like gas masks and kidney dialysis machines for adsorbing toxins.

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