New directions for non-fuel uses of anthracites

John M. Andrésen, Caroline E. Burgess, Peter J. Pappano, Harold H. Schobert

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Anthracites contain over 90% carbon, most of which is in the form of large, polycyclic aromatic sheets. The high carbon content and the highly aromatic nature give anthracites great potential for conversion to high-value carbon materials. This paper reviews previous work and summarizes the present status of conversion of anthracites to four types of premium carbon materials: molded or extruded graphites, binder pitch, activated carbons, and exfoliated carbons. Significant opportunities exist for the non-fuel uses of anthracites in these applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1373-1392
Number of pages20
JournalFuel processing technology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Aug 25 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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