Production of high surface area activated carbon from coconut husk

Paul R. Armstrong, Zachary J. Morchesky, Dustin T. Hess, Kofi W. Adu, David K. Essumang, Joseph K. Tufour, Joseph E. Koranteng-Addo, Kwasi Opoku-Boadu, Samuel Y. Mensah

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We present preliminary results on a processing protocol by chemical activation that transforms organic waste product such as coconut husk into high surface area activated carbon. Dried raw materials of the coconut husk were carbonized anaerobically into char. The char was impregnated with KOH of different ratios and were activated at 800°C and 900°C. The transmission electron microscope was used to acquire structural and morphological information of the activated carbon, and the surface area and porosity analysis were performed using Micromeritics ASAP 2020 analyzer. The activated carbons show both micropores and mesopores with specific surface area as high as 2900m2/g.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
StatePublished - 2014
Event2013 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Dec 1 2013Dec 6 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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