PI: James Hsu

Co-PI(s): Kemal Tuzla

University: Lehigh University

Activated carbon is a form of carbon processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions. “Activated” is sometimes substituted with “active.” Activated carbon is used in methane and hydrogen storage, air purification, solvent recovery, decaffeination, gold purification, metal extraction, water purification, medicine, sewage treatment, air filters in respirators, filers in compressed air, teeth whitening, production of hydrogen chloride, and many other applications. Carbon adsorption has numerous applications in removing pollutants from air or water streams, both in the field and in industrial processes, such as: spill cleanup; groundwater remediation; drinking water filtration; air purification; volatile organic compounds capture from painting; dry cleaning; gasoline dispensing operations; and volatile organic compounds recovery.

The objectives of this project are to create a novel activated carbon with outstanding properties to remove the impurities from the Dynalene's coolant stream and to assure the performance quality of this coolant stream. Furthermore, with these outstanding properties, this novel activated carbon can be applied to various pollution control problems.