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Title: Activated Charcoal
Post by: kamiyu on July 15, 2014, 12:35:26 PM
Recently I used activated charcoal to purfiy an important compound. It works!!

But one question, do you guys know what exactly activated charcoal selectively absorbs? I used it because I guess there are come colored imurities in my sample
Title: Re: Activated Charcoal
Post by: Arkcon on July 15, 2014, 12:40:31 PM
Activated carbon has a high surface area made up of a vast network of graphite rings.  It tends to selectively absorb aromatic compounds by pi-bond stacking.  There is however a great deal of ambiguity in how activated carbon works:
Title: Re: Activated Charcoal
Post by: Enthalpy on July 16, 2014, 12:21:54 PM
Do small aromatic rings stack? I believed that because of graphite (and may have even read it), but benzene crystals organize differently if I get it well: the hydrogens target the center of neighbour benzene's carbon ring, making a sort of H shape but in 3D.
well, sources diverge.