Activated carbon applications

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.

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