How to Regenerate Activated Charcoal

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How to Regenerate Activated Charcoal
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Activated charcoal is carbon in extremely porous form. It is usually derived from charcoal. It has a large surface area and is used for chemical reactions as a catalyst. It is also used in fish tanks as a filter or to filter distilled alcohol. Activated charcoal is an expensive product. It is cheaper to regenerate the charcoal than buying new activated charcoal.

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Things you need

  • 9 to 10 per cent hydrogen peroxide solution
  • Distilled, deionised water

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    Chemical Regeneration

  1. 1

    Soak the activated charcoal in a solution of 9 to 10 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Handle the solution by wearing gloves as it can cause burns. You can also use distilled deionised water instead of the hydrogen peroxide solution.

  2. 2

    Stir the mixture every 15 minutes.

  3. 3

    When the solution has been absorbed, add more solution to the container. Repeat this many times.

  4. 4

    Bake the charcoal in an oven at 107 degrees Celsius for an hour or two.

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