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How is activated carbon made?

How is activated carbon made?

Different sorts of activated carbon Activated carbon can be manufactured from a wide variety of raw materials such as coal, coconut and wood. The production processes of activated carbon may be divided into chemical and thermal processes, both at elevated temperatures.

  • Chemical activation is achieved by degradation or dehydration of the raw material structure, which is usually sawdust (wood-based). The DESOTEC Activated Carbon C-PURE® range are chemically activated powder activated carbon
  • Steam activation can be used to activate almost all raw materials (coal-based, coconut shell-based, wood-based etc.). A variety of methods have been developed but all of these share the same basic principle of carbonisation and initial oxidation followed by an activation step with steam. The DESOTEC Activated Carbon AIRPEL®  and ORGANOSORB® ranges are produced by steam activation

Contact us for more info on activated carbon! Depending on the required properties of the final product, we can apply different post-treatment steps.