Activated Carbon

What is Activated Carbon?

Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, is a super-absorbent material that removes impurities from water, air, and industrial processes. Activated carbon has tiny pores and a big surface that traps and filters unwanted substances, making it great for purification tasks.

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  1. What is Activated Carbon?
  2. Activated Carbon Usage / Applications
  3. Types of Activated Carbon
    3.1 Granular Activated Carbon
    3.2 Powder Activated Carbon
    3.3 Extrudate or Pellets Activated Carbon
  4. Specifications of Activated Carbon
  5. Activated Carbon From Medaad
  6. Activated Carbon Regeneration / Reactivation
  7. Contact Us to Know More


1. What is Activated Carbon?

Activated carbon, also known as activated charcoal, is a highly porous material derived from carbon-rich sources such as coconut shells, wood, or coal. It undergoes an activation process, which enhances its adsorption properties by creating an extensive network of internal pores and a large surface area. Activated carbon is widely used in water treatment, air purification, and various industrial applications where adsorption and purification are required.

Medaad is your one-stop solution for activated carbon. We supply a wide range of activated carbon products at affordable prices that deliver exceptional adsorption performance across various industries.


2. Activated Carbon Common Usage / Applications*:

Application / IndustryDescription
Water TreatmentRemoves organic compounds, chlorine, odors, and contaminants from water, enhancing its quality.
Air PurificationEliminates odors, VOCs, pollutants, and harmful gases, improving air quality.
Environmental RemediationAdsorbs pollutants, such as heavy metals and industrial chemicals, aiding in environmental cleanup.
Gas TreatmentRemoves impurities from industrial gases, ensuring cleaner emissions and improved air quality.
Chemical ProcessingPurifies chemicals, solvents, and intermediates by adsorbing impurities, achieving high purity.
Food and Beverage ProcessingDecolorizes syrups, remove off-flavors and odors from beverages and purifies edible oils.
Pharmaceuticals and HealthcarePurifies medications, filters process fluids, and aids in toxin removal in healthcare applications.
Gold RecoveryExtracts gold through selective adsorption for further processing.
Gas Masks and RespiratorsFilters out harmful gases, fumes, and particulate matter for respiratory protection.

* Other specialized applications available on demand. Contact Us


3. Types of Activated Carbon:

3.1 Granular Activated Carbon (GAC):

Granular Activated Carbon, or GAC, is a highly porous form of activated carbon available in granular form. Its large particle size characterizes it, providing excellent flow rates and low-pressure drops during adsorption. GAC is commonly used in applications that require a balance between adsorption capacity and hydraulic performance.


Key Advantages of GAC:

  1. High Adsorption Capacity: GAC’s large surface area and numerous pores enable its efficient adsorption of contaminants from both gas and liquid streams.

  2. Easy Handling and Regeneration: GAC allows for convenient handling and replacement in adsorption systems. Moreover, it can be regenerated and reused multiple times, making it a cost-effective solution.

  3. Versatile Applications: GAC is usable for water and wastewater treatment, air purification, food and beverage processing, and removal of organic compounds and odors, among other processes.


3.2 Powder Activated Carbon:

Powder Activated Carbon is finely ground activated carbon with particle sizes typically ranging from less than 1 micron to several hundred microns. Powder Activated Carbon offers high adsorption efficiency due to its small particle size, providing a large surface area for adsorption.


Key Advantages of Powder Activated Carbon Include:

  1. Rapid Adsorption Kinetics: The fine particles of Powder Activated Carbon allow for rapid adsorption of contaminants due to the increased surface area available for contact.

  2. Enhanced Reactivity: The small particle size enhances the reactivity of Powder Activated Carbon, making it effective in applications that require fast adsorption, such as wastewater treatment and the removal of trace contaminants.

  3. Wide Range of Applications: Powder Activated Carbon is widely used in pharmaceutical manufacturing, gas treatment, catalyst support, and decolorization processes in the food and beverage industry.


3.3. Extrudate or Pellets Activated Carbon:

Extrudate or Pellets Activated Carbon is manufactured by compressing activated carbon powder into cylindrical pellets or extruded shapes. This form offers advantages in specific applications requiring controlled bed density and low dust generation.


Key Features of Extrudate Pellets Activated Carbon Include:

  1. Uniform Particle Size and Density: The controlled manufacturing process ensures consistent particle size and density, allowing for predictable flow characteristics and efficient utilization in fixed-bed adsorption systems.

  2. Reduced Dust Generation: The compacted structure of extrudate or pellets minimizes dust formation during handling and operation, improving operational cleanliness and reducing equipment abrasion.

  3. Long Service Life: The durability of extrudate or pellets activated carbon enables more extended service life in gas-phase purification, liquid-phase treatment, and air pollution control.


4. Specifications of Activated Carbon

TypeForm / ShapeSize / GradeDensityIodine NumberAsh ContentMoisture As Packed
Powder Activated CarbonFine Powder
  • < 0.18 mm
350 – 550 Kg/m³800 – 1500 mg/g0.5 – 10 wt%0.5 – 8 wt%
Granular Activated Carbon (GAC)Granules
  • 12X40 mesh (0.40 – 1.68 mm)
  • 8X30 mesh (0.59 – 2.38 mm)
  • 6X12 mesh (1.68 – 3.36 mm)
  • 4X8 mesh (2.38 – 4.76 mm)
  • Customized granular sizes available
400 – 550
800 – 1400
1 – 15 wt%1 – 10 wt%
Extruded Activated CarbonPellets / Extrudates
  • 0.9 mm
  • 1.5 mm
  • 1.8 mm
  • 2.0 mm
  • 3.0 mm
  • 4.0 mm
  • 5.0 mm
  • Customized pellet sizes available
430 – 650
800 – 1200
1 – 15 wt%1 – 10 wt%

* Special grades and impregnated activated carbon can be supplied on request. Contact Us


5. Activated Carbon From Medaad:

  1. Wide Range of Grades: We supply various grades of activated carbon products tailored to meet your specific needs for multiple applications.

  2. Timely Delivery: We understand the importance of prompt and reliable service. Medaad ensures timely delivery of activated carbon products, regardless of quantity or location.

  3. Competitive Pricing: We understand the importance of cost-effectiveness. Medaad offers competitive pricing without compromising on product quality or performance. We strive to provide affordable solutions that deliver exceptional value to our customers.

  4. Environmental Responsibility: Medaad is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. When buying our activated carbon, you contribute to a greener future.


6. Activated Carbon Regeneration / Reactivation:

Due to its properties, Activated Carbon can be suited for environmentally friendly thermal reactivation and reuse. The adsorbed organic compounds are desorbed and incinerated by thermal reactions above 850 °C. Medaad can asset you in the reactivation of your spent activated carbons.

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Medaad is your trusted partner for activated carbon solutions whether you require Granular Activated Carbon (GAC), Powder Activated Carbon, Extrudate, or Pellets Activated Carbon.

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