Activated Charcoal: The Wonder Substance

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Activated Charcoal: The Wonder Substance

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Jan 06, 2008 6:48 pm

Activated Charcoal: The Wonder Substance

What Is Activated Charcoal and How Does it Work?
http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistry ... arcoal.htm

Safety Emporium for all your lab and safety needs
http://www.ilpi.com/msds/ref/activatedcharcoal.html

HOWSTUFFWORKS
http://www.howstuffworks.com/question209.htm

Activated charcoal as a drug

Charcoal, Activated (Oral Route)/Mayo Clinic.com
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-i ... n/DR602267

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/activate ... cle_em.htm

Activated charcoal for air pollution

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activated_carbon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_mask

The photo below was scanned from one of my (very old) chemistry books. The flask is filled with
bromine vapor. Within several minutes, the added activated charcoal has adsorbed the vapors.

I have done this same experiment with smoke. Heavy smoke from burning paper was introduced
into a flask (containing AC) and stoppered. Within one hour, the smoke had cleared in the flask, and
within 24 hours, there was absolutely no detectable odor (of smoke) within the flask!

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photo courtesy Eimer & Amend
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Postby turning_blue » Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:25 am

Excellent!

Can you come over and set this up at my house? Just kidding. I want to try this but haven't got a clue how to. Could you help me understand exactly what I have to do so I can use the activated charcoal in my home? The links are great!

I've read about taking charcoal orally for health benefits.

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Postby Wilberforce » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:39 pm

turning_blue

Thanks for the comment. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. (and you know me - I've usually
got a thousand words to write)

Just spread out a shallow layer of AC granules on a cookie sheet, or kitty-litter box. Don't leave this on the
floor, or your confused cat may leave you a little present in there! :P

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Postby turning_blue » Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:20 pm

How long does it last? Do I throw it out and add new AC after a certain amount of time?

Thanks again!!
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Postby Wilberforce » Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:59 pm

That's a good question. I guess it pretty much depends on the amount of actual air contamination.
In an area of high contamination, the AC may only be effective for a few hours (in an enclosed space)
But in (enclosed space) areas of low concentration of pollutants, such as the typical indoors, the AC
may be effective for weeks.

This brings up an experiment which I have not tried yet. (have tried part 1, but not part 2)

1) To do the smoke-in-jar test: After filling the jar with dense, opaque smoke, and dumping in the AC,
seal the bottle, and then sniff-test the bottle after 12-24 hours. Fresh, unused AC will clear the smoke
in minutes (although some condenses out on its own) and be completely odor-free in one day.

2)Test AC which has been sitting in the room tray for one week. If the smoke odor still vanishes in the
same 12-24 hour interval, it is still working fine. But it will most likely take a longer time to act.

One note about AC, it does not function instantaneously. It requires a certain amount of time to work.
That is why it is a good idea to run an AC-charged air cleaning machine on the lowest fan speed.

If you buy a high-quality commercial air cleaner, buy one which has the capability of being recharged with
granular active charcoal. Owner recharging with AC is cheaper than buying the already-made sealed type.
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Postby turning_blue » Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:23 am

Thanks Woodnyet :!:
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Re: Activated Charcoal: The Wonder Substance

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:34 pm

Filter out harmful VOCs and chemicals with air purifiers

The volatile organic compounds and chemicals in households, offices and children’s environments can come from a variety of sources, including other building materials, cleaning products, air freshening products, treated textiles and more.
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Activated carbon can remove airborne chemicals and VOCs.

With diligent source control and good ventilation, air quality can be improved, but a high-quality air purifier with activated carbon and HEPA will be even more efficient at removing those indoor air pollutants.

AllerAir’s general purpose air purifiers come in a variety of colors and sizes and can help clean the air around the clock with low energy consumption.

A complete air filtration system with deep-bed activated carbon, HEPA and optional UV is key to removing airborne chemicals, gases, fumes, odors, particles, dust, bacteria, viruses and mold.

Contact AllerAir for more information.

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http://allerair.blogspot.com/2012/04/so ... -home.html
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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