ICI Carbon's activated carbon products effectively remove pollutants, contaminants and other impurities from water, air, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and more. 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.



Activated carbon is usually used in water filtration systems. Carbon adsorption has numerous applications in removing pollutants from air or water streams both in the field and in industrial processes such as:

Drinking Water Filteraton

Activated carbon filtration can effectively reduce certain organic compounds and chlorine in drinking water. It can also reduce the quantity of lead, dissolved radon, and harmless taste and odor-causing compounds.

Air Treatment or Purification

Activated carbon filters are the most effective way to remove gases, chemicals, cigarette smoke, and other odors from the air. Activated carbon works by adsorption, the process by which a gas bonds to the surface of a solid. In this case, the solid is the activated carbon, which adsorbs as much as 60% of its weight in airborne pollutants. Activated carbon filters effectively work like a sponge. The more activated carbon in the filter, the more pollutants it can remove and the longer the filter lasts.