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Re: activated carbon
> Not all AC is made from the same starting materials. The most common
> materials used to make granulated AC are probably wood, bone, coal,
> petroleum tar. Actually, any carbon-containing material can be converted
> to AC.
> Obviously, AC made from animal bones will contain a lot of phosphorus,
> that from wood will have substantially less and AC made from
> once-distilled petroleum tar -- only traces of phosphorus, if that.
What if we put some sugar in a jar, poured the appropriate acid over it, and
harvested the carbon (I saw this done in 7th grade science- it was
impressive, but I can't remember which acid it was). There would be no
phosphorus at all. what do you do to make it "activated"?