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How is activated carbon made?

How is activated carbon made?

Different sorts of 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 C-PURE® range comprises 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 AIRPEL®, R-PURE® 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.