Activated Carbon

Our activated carbon products effectively remove pollutants, contaminants and other impurities from water, air, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and more.

We are a global leader in the research, development, manufacturing and sale of high-grade activated carbon used in a growing range of environmental, health, safety and industrial applications. Building on our more than 90-year history of innovative product development, we produce a diverse array of products with over 150 different activated carbon formulations engineered from a wide range of raw materials.

We offer a wide range of industry-leading activated carbon solutions, each with their own uses and applications, in three major product groups:

We complement our activated carbon products with on-site systems and services, as well as reactivation solutions, to help meet your specific needs.

Our activated carbon products are also used as colorants, carriers or catalysts in industrial processes, and the pore size distribution is highly important in most applications. Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, is a form of carbon that has been processed to create millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms, resulting in a dramatically increased surface area. The surface area of activated carbon makes the material suitable for adsorption, a process by which impurities are removed from fluids, vapors or gas. 

Ideally, the carbon material used should have pore sizes that are larger in size than the material it is trying to adsorb. The removed molecules are held within the carbon’s internal pore structure by Van der Waals forces, electrostatic attraction or chemisorption. The adsorption process helps carbon reduce hazardous gas, activate chemical reactions, and act as a carrier of biomass and chemicals. 

Upcoming Events



September 30 - October 4, 2017
McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Booth 837

We will exhibit at WEFTEC® 2017, the world’s largest annual water quality technical conference and exhibition. We manufacture the most diverse portfolio of activated carbon products which are widely used across a host of water, wastewater and gas purification applications. This year we will feature our highly effective odor control, wastewater treatment, biogas contaminant removal and municipal water purification technologies.

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CPhI Worldwide 2017

October 24-26, 2017
Messe Frankfurt Exhibition Center in Frankfurt, Germany
Booth A23 - Hall 11.1

We will be exhibiting at this leading pharmaceutical platform where visitors can learn about the benefits of partnering with us from the very early stages of product development to full production. Our exhibit will feature medicinal activated carbon for treating gastro-intestinal issues and acute poisoning, activated carbon sample kits to help process chemists develop synthetic schemes to manufacture compounds for clinical trials, purification for active pharmaceutical ingredients and activated carbon kits for designing a precious metal catalyst efficiently and economically.

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Aquatech Amsterdam

Aquatech Amsterdam

October 31 - November 3, 2017
RAI Amsterdam in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Booth 01.328

We will be exhibiting at this world leading platform for process, drinking and wastewater. In our booth, we will feature HYDRODARCO® 4000 and NORIT® GAC 400 granular activated carbons for the removal of PFOA and PFOS from water. A technical paper will be presented entitled “Removal of PFAS from water with Activated Carbon using Rapid Column Testing” by Robbert de Graaf, PhD, R&D manager, on Nov. 1 at 4 pm in our booth. Whether source water contaminants are present in low or high concentration, alone or in combination with other contaminants, we develop activated carbons that enable potable water, wastewater, industrial process water to meet purification, performance and regulatory compliance goals.

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