Activated Carbon

Activated carbon is an excellent adsorbent due to its large surface area and the fact that the diverse surfaces can take on many different types of contaminants.

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Broad spectrum removal filter media—overview

About The Author: 

About the Author
Rick Ciminello is president of CEI - Carbon Enterprises Inc., Circleville, Ohio. He can be reached at 800.344.5770, or by e-mail at rick@ceifiltration.com.

Activation Date: 
June 5, 2005
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
16158

Application of AquaSorb HS to Condensate Treatment

An additional advantage to this recycling of the condensate is that it avoids environmental issues associated with the disposal of contaminated water.

About The Author: 

Andy Wilde is technical director for Jacobi Carbons in U.K. He can be reached by phone at +44-151-649-8344 or E-mail at andy.wilde@jacobi.net. Jim Knepper is national sales manager for Jacobi Carbons, Inc. He can be reached by phone at
412-269-9816 or E-mail at jim.knepper@jacobi.net.

Activation Date: 
October 7, 2004
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15501

Activated Carbon for Bromate Reduction

Various authors have studied the use of activated carbon and for the most part have concluded activated carbon is not a cost-effective solution. However, these authors have failed to realize the limitations of carbon validation methods or the fact that not all carbons are alike, especially when chemical reactions control the process.

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Tech Update

About The Author: 

Kimberly Thompson is an inside technical sales representative at Calgon Carbon Corp. She holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry from Steon Hill College, Greensburg, Pa., and has five years of experience as a chemist at Calgon Carbon. She may be reached at 412-787-6315; thompson@calgoncarbon.com. Neal Megonnell is a corporate technical sales specialist at Calgon Carbon. He holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a masters of science in chemical engineering/colloids, polymers and surfaces from Carnegie Mellon University. He may be reached at 412-787-6638; megonnell@calgoncarbon.com.

Activation Date: 
October 31, 2003
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
14568

New Directions in the Activated Carbon Industry

In the last two decades, the price of activated carbon (AC) has fallen 75 percent. Many lower cost varieties have sufficient quality to be useful in many applications. The price reduction, along with maintaining reasonable quality, has created changes in the industry. This article describes how those potentially influence the direction of the industry.

About The Author: 

Dr. Henry G. Nowicki directs PACS, Inc., of Pittsburgh, a laboratory testing and consulting service. He has published more than 100 articles about environmental issued and activated carbon adsorption and has been an expert witness in more than 30 legal cases. He may be reached at hnpacs@aol.com.
Dr. Mick Greenbank provides special projects, consulting and training at PACS, Inc. He teaches "Selecting the Best Activated Carbon for the Application." He may be reached at mickpacs@aol.com.
Barbara Sherman directs the PACS short course and focused conference programs. She may be reached at Barbpacs@aol.com.PACS provides 57 different one- to three-day courses and four two-day annual focused conferences. Four short courses are on activated carbon. PACS hosts the annual September International Activated Carbon Conference in Pittsburgh. Contact PACS at 724-457-6576; www.pacslabs.com.

Activation Date: 
November 27, 2002
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13441

The Great Activated Carbon Dilemma

Drinking water treatment professionals have long held fast to the belief that granular activated carbon (GAC) based on bituminous coal provides the best performance for their demanding application. That’s why, when an article in 1999 cited evidence that a lignite-based GAC outperformed a bituminous-based carbon, industry experts were surprised and more than a bit skeptical.

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Fresno Discovers Big Difference Between Reagglomerated Carbon and Direct Activated Carbons

About The Author: 

Neal Megonnell is senior group leader for Calgon Carbon Corp.

Activation Date: 
June 26, 2002
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
13182

Evaluating Activated Carbons

New
challenges are emerging in the industry that require new methods and product
developments. This article discusses additional test methods for the AC
industry.

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ASTM, AWWA and EPA Standard Methods and New Test Methods for AC

About The Author: 

Henry G. Nowicki, Ph.D. and MBA, directs the PACS Laboratory testing and consulting services and new business developments at PACS. He has obtained three patents and published more than 100 articles about environmental issues and AC adsorption and has been an expert witness in more than 30 legal cases. Dr. Nowicki may be reached at hnpacs@aol.com; www.pacslabs.com.

Mick Greenbank, Ph.D., is a surface chemist with 23 years of
varied experiences in AC and holds seven patents. He directs new test methods
development and application and provides special projects, consulting and
training for PACS. Dr. Greenbank teaches “Selecting the Best Activated
Carbon for the Application,” a PACS shortcourse. He may be reached at
mickpacs@aol.com.

Homer Yute is a mathematics and computer programming expert
who has developed seven software programs for the AC industry.

All authors may be reached at PACS, Inc., 409 Meade Dr.,
Coraopolis, PA 15108; 724-457-6576.

Activation Date: 
May 28, 2002
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
13128

Innovations in the Activated Carbon Industry

Like an international cookbook, the attendees of the Ninth Annual International Activated Carbon Conference (IACC) from around the world contributed to a recipe for a successful future for the activated carbon industry. Speakers brought their new ideas and on-going practices together. This annual conference had guests from all over the United States, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and India. The conference connects buyers, sellers and users of activated carbon and related materials and services.

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Summary of the 9th Annual International Activated Carbon Conference

About The Author: 

Henry Nowicki, Ph.D., directs the day-to-day laboratory testing and consulting services for PACS Laboratory and Consulting Services. Nowicki has 25 years of practical experiences with activated carbon and other sorbents applied to environmental projects.

Barbara Sherman, B.A., directs the day-to-day PACS Short Courses and Conferences. Fifty-seven courses and four focused conferences are provided annually including the September International Activated Carbon Conference and Courses in Pittsburgh, and the October Sampling, On-Site Analysis and Sample Preparation Conference.

Homer Yute, M.S., works on special projects as a computer programmer for software development for using activated carbon at PACS Laboratory. Yute has provided seven programs for the activated carbon industry available through PACS.

All three authors can be reached at PACS by calling 724-457-6576; 724-457-1214; Hnpacs@aol.com; http://pacslabs.com

Activation Date: 
January 30, 2002
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
12919

Carbon Block Manufacturing

Carbon block is used in a wide variety of applications and performs a wider range of filtration tasks than other products. How carbon block is engineered will determine its use.

About The Author: 

Michael D. Steinhardt is the director of engineering at USFilter. For more information on USFilter and water treatment, visit www.usfilter.com.

Activation Date: 
June 11, 2001
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Legacy ID: 
12398

8th Annual Activated Carbon Conference Show Review

The 8th Annual International Activated Carbon Conference (IACC-8) and optional training courses took place on Sept. 18—23. This article provides a brief review of some of the activities and summaries of the speakers’ topics.

About The Author: 

Barbara Sherman, MS, is responsible for short courses and conferences at Professional Analytical and Consulting Services, Inc. (PACS). She coordinates short courses in public and at the client’s time and place. She can be reached at 800-367-2587; fax 724-457-1214; http://members.aol.com/hnpacs/pacs.htm
Henry G. Nowicki, Ph.D., MBA, is president of PACS, which conducts research and development to take out and put chemicals into activated carbons. PACS has developed software programs for the activated carbon industry: the AC Tester instrument to evaluate used and unused activated carbons’ remaining service life, ASTM laboratory testing, GC/MS, ICP/AA instrumental chemical analysis and consulting services. He may be reached at Hnpacs@aol.com; 724-457-6576; fax 724-457-1214.

Activation Date: 
January 1, 2001
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11933

Liquid Regeneration of Spent Activated Carbons

New liquid phase-based processes to regenerate spent AC have been conducted. Two liquid processes, competitive adsorbate displacement and supercritical fluid (SCF) regeneration, will be discussed.

About The Author: 

Henry Nowicki, Ph.D., is the principal investigator for developing these liquid-based processes for regeneration of spent AC. He also is president of PACS and provides major organic and inorganic testing, ASTM activated carbon testing, BET surface areas and research and development for the AC industry. PACS provides 57 different public training courses including three courses related to activated carbon adsorption. He may be reached at 724-457-6576; e-mail hnpacs@aol.com

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
11602