What is the use of activated carbon?
As we saw in the post of What is activated carbon? This material adsorbs organic matter of a certain molecular weight on its surface, so its use is very varied.
Some of the most common applications of activated carbon are:
- Removal of impurities that give color, odor and taste to drinking water
- Chlorine, ozone and other oxidants destruction in drinking water.
- Decaffeination process of coffee.
- Discoloration of sugar (refined sugar), honeys, candies…
- Discoloration of liquors, juices, vinegars…
- •Purifier of distilled drinks (tequila, mezcal...) to eliminate certain undesirable molecules in an organoleptic profile.
- Water treatment in industrial processes.
- Tertiary treatment of waste water.
- Air and industrial gas purification.
- Cartridge respirators (gas masks).
- Elimination of odor in closed places: kitchens, cellars, refrigerators, etc.
- Compressed air purification (scuba tanks and hospitals).
- Treatment for acute poisoning.
- Treatment of sores, burns, or wounds, with silver impregnated activated carbon bandages.
- Recovery of gold, silver and other metals.
- Food preparation.
- Purifying agent in the manufacturing process of medicines.