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Activated carbon is a solid material and its main property is that it is an excellent adsorbent. It adsorbs molecules on its surface taking them away from the product, with which it is in contact.
This property has convinced many industries to use activated carbon in their production processes, especially in those where it is mandatory to eliminate any pollutant from the media, liquid (generally water) or gas (water vapour, air or combustion vapours). Another interesting application is the protection of other equipment such as reverse osmosis and ion exchange columns.
The high adsorbing capacity of activated carbon is due to its enormous specific surface that in some cases can be over 1.000 m²/g. This high surface is achieved thanks to the activation process applied on the carbon that allows the creation of a complex network of different sizes and shapes of pores.

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