How Activated Carbon Can Help You—Processes, Properties and Technological Applications

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Activated carbon has many potential applications in both the liquid and gas phases. How activated carbon can help practitioners in industry is explained. This practical teaching article introduces the first part of the special issue on Recent Advances in Applied Activated Carbon Research by providing a handbook explaining the basic applications, technologies, processes, methods and material characteristics to readers from different backgrounds. The aim is to improve the knowledge and understanding of the subject of activated carbon for non-adsorption experts such as professionals in industry. Therefore, it is written in a comprehensible manner and dispenses with detailed explanations to complex processes and many background references. This handbook does not claim to be complete and concentrates only on the areas that are of practical relevance for most activated carbon applications. Activated carbon and its activation and reactivation are initially explained. Adsorption and relevant processes are outlined. The mechanical, chemical and adsorption properties of activated carbon are explained. The heart of the handbook outlines key application technologies. Other carbonaceous adsorbents are only introduced briefly. The content of the second part of the special issue is highlighted at the end.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


  • activation
  • adsorber design
  • adsorption isotherm
  • adsorption test
  • density
  • hardness
  • per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds
  • reactivation
  • thermodynamics
  • water content

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)


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