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Selecting the Best Activated Carbon for a Specific Application

PACS Course Number 151

9 AM to 5 PM

Mick Greenbank, Ph.D. is the course instructor for this highly important two-day course for the users and suppliers of activated carbon products and services. Dr. Greenbank did his doctoral work on activated carbon adsorption at Kent State University; his advisor was Dr. Milton Manes. Dr. Greenbank has had a long career focus on activated carbon. Dr. Greenbank provides consulting services to the activated carbon industry and allied technologies. It is recommended that you take other PACS courses on activated carbon, especially PACS course number 149 titled "Activated Carbon Adsorption: Principles, Practices and Opportunities," to maximize your benefits in this course. However, this course has no prerequisite and is designed for those seeking the best activated carbon for a specific application. PACS provides some 57 different training courses.

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Register by mailing a copy of the REGISTRATION FORM. Send it with a payment of $1995 to secure your attendance. Hotel information and a map will be sent to confirm your registration. Please list your special interest(s) on the registration form. Enrollment is limited to assure your maximum course benefits. On-site PACS courses are available (most PACS courses can be provided at your time and place). Telephone Henry Nowicki or Barb Sherman at 1.724.457.6576 if you need further information. PACS also provides laboratory testing and consulting services.

Selecting the Best Activated Carbon for a Specific Application

Course Instructor: Dr. Mick Greenbank under the auspices of PACS

General topics
What is Activated Carbon (AC) - the True AC Structure
Tour of a carbon particle
Physical and Chemical properties
Ash constituents
How does AC work - the Nature of the Adsorption Forces
Adsorption versus Absorption
Inherent properties of adsorption forces
Propagation to a force field
How to characterize activated carbon
How is AC made - the Activation Process
Effect of starting material on product properties
Individual steps in the activation process
Concept of single product family from a starting material
Impregnation and Acid washing
How is AC recycled - the Reactivation Process
Effect of the spent carbon starting material
Effect of reactivation on product properties
Comparing reactivated versus virgin activated carbons
What affects the Adsorption Capacity - Adsorption Thermodynamics
What adsorbs and what does not and why
Single component adsorption theory
Multicomponent adsorption theory
Adsorption isotherm handbook
What Affects the Adsorption Rate - the Adsorption Kinetics
Pore diffusion basics
Transport pore structures
Effect of pore structure on adsorption rates
How Adsorption Systems Work - Adsorption Engineering
Chromatographic column behavior
Modeling column behavior
Designing carbon adsorbers
How to Evaluate Applications and Select the Best AC
Key application parameters
Modeling applications
Selecting the optimal carbon for an application
Selecting The Best Carbon Form
When to use a carbon form versus granular or powdered carbon
Various carbon forms available
Performance comparison of carbon forms
Applications for carbon forms
Highest perfomance form - Activated carbon cloth
What is it
How does it work
How and when to use carbon cloth
Competitive Technologies Compared to Activated Carbon
Chemical/oxidative destruction
Biological digestion
Absorption processes
Noncarbonaceous Adsorbents
Other carbonaceous adsorbents
How to Differentiate Activated Carbons
What is activated carbon
How does it work
How to specify an activated carbon
What is the Range of Activated Carbons Available
Survey of raw materials used to make activated carbon
Introduction to the activation process and carbon manufacture
Concept of a family of products from a raw material
Application Evaluation
Factors affecting performance
What adsorbs and what does not and why
A simple performance prediction approach
Activated Carbon Selection
Grouping applications by their carbon requirements
Optimizing performance for a family of products
Finding the optimal raw material family


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PACS Testing, Consulting and Training
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