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ACTIVATED CARBON 101

 WHAT IS 

ACTIVATED CARBON?

Activated carbon, also referred to as activated charcoal, undergoes a process called activation to enhance its porosity and increase surface area.  

 

This activation process, achieved through steam or chemical methods, creates numerous small spaces within each carbon granule, known as pores. These carbon pores can vary in size, ranging from large (macropores) to small (micropores). 

 

The activated carbon produced as a result of the activation process possesses a large surface area, making it highly effective at adsorbing impurities such as chemicals, pollutants, odors, and, in specialized applications like gold recovery, gold ore.  

 

Adsorption, the process by which atoms, ions, or molecules adhere to a surface, is the primary function of activated carbon. The size of the carbon pores plays a crucial role, influencing the level of adsorption and determining the effectiveness of the adsorption of specific substances. 

 

The raw material used in the production of activated carbon is a key factor influencing the pore sizes.  

 TYPES OF 

ACTIVATED CARBON

COCONUT SHELL

Hardness (ASTM): 99%

Pore Structure: Micropores

COAL

Hardness (ASTM): 90%

Pore Structure: Meso & Micropores

MACADAMIA NUT SHELL

Hardness (ASTM): 96%

Pore Structure: Meso & Micropores

WOOD

Hardness (ASTM): <90%

Pore Structure: Meso & Macropores

BENEFITS OF

COCONUT SHELL

ACTIVATED CARBON

More Uniform Micro-Pores & Higher Density resulting in more effective adsorption processes and thus more efficient at removing organic compounds. 

Odorless & Tasteless making it superior for water treatment and food and beverage processing. 

 

Highly Durable & Cost Effective allowing for longer use of each granule and higher resistance to wear and tear. 

 

Renewable & Sustainable limiting detrimental social and environmental impacts inherent with other types of activated carbon 

 

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 TYPES OF 

ACTIVATED CARBON

COAL

Hardness (ASTM): 90%

Pore Structure:

Meso & Micropores

COCONUT SHELL

Hardness (ASTM): 99%

Pore Structure: Micropores

MACADAMIA NUT SHELL

Hardness (ASTM): 96%

Pore Structure:

Meso & Micropores

WOOD

Hardness (ASTM): <90%

Pore Structure:

Meso & Macropores

 WHAT IS 

ACTIVATED CARBON?

Activated carbon, also referred to as activated charcoal, undergoes a process called activation to enhance its porosity and increase surface area.  

 

This activation process, achieved through steam or chemical methods, creates numerous small spaces within each carbon granule, known as pores. These carbon pores can vary in size, ranging from large (macropores) to small (micropores). 

 

The activated carbon produced as a result of the activation process possesses a large surface area, making it highly effective at adsorbing impurities such as chemicals, pollutants, odors, and, in specialized applications like gold recovery, gold ore.  

Adsorption, the process by which atoms, ions, or molecules adhere to a surface, is the primary function of activated carbon. The size of the carbon pores plays a crucial role, influencing the level of adsorption and determining the effectiveness of the adsorption of specific substances. 

 

The raw material used in the production of activated carbon is a key factor influencing the pore sizes.  

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