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An investigation of the porosity of carbons prepared by constant rate activation in air

Dawson, Elizabeth A, Parkes, Gareth M.B, Barnes, Philip A. and Chinn, Matt J. (2003) An investigation of the porosity of carbons prepared by constant rate activation in air. Carbon, 41 (3). pp. 571-578. ISSN 00086223

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Abstract

Nutshell carbon was activated in air/N2 mixtures using controlled rate (CR) methods and the porosity characteristics compared with carbons activated conventionally in CO2 at 800 °C to the same degree of burn off. The advantages of CR activation in air include the use of lower temperatures and the avoidance of thermal runaway. It was also possible to prepare activated carbons with significant microporosity, showing that excessive external burn off was prevented. In the CR experiments, the rate of evolution of CO2 was controlled and constrained at a set level, either by altering the furnace temperature or the concentration of air in the activating gas. Although the highest micropore volumes (0.4 cm3 g−1) were obtained at 40% burn off with the conventional method, at 20% burn off, the CR method using air concentration to control CO2 evolution yielded carbons with similar micropore volumes (0.2 cm3 g−1) to those activated conventionally

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
School of Applied Sciences > Materials and Catalysis Research Centre
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2008 12:27
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2011 09:21
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/1684

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