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Advanced Forms of Activated Carbon

Sandia’s advanced activated carbon is used for the adsorption of noble gases (argon, krypton, and xenon) for the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. This solution is simple, reliable, and affordable. This development is safer due to the fire hazards associated with traditional activated carbon being significantly reduced.

Patent Abstract: 

Activated carbon adsorbers have numerous industrial applications including chemical, petrochemical, environmental engineering, nuclear, military, and specialist extraction. In these industries, the activated carbon is used to control emissions of solvents, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals, with the reduced risk of spontaneous ignition and fire hazards.

Significant reduction in risk of fire hazards associated with traditional activated carbon - Adsorption of noble gases - Reduces risk associated with nuclear fuel reprocessing - Numerous applications in other industries that also reduce risk and environmental impact
Energy applications in gas capture or storage - Mining - Waste management - Water purification - Environmental clean-up - Medical - Chemical - Nuclear power & fuel processing
Patent Number: 
US Pat. No. 8,945,277 and US Pat. No. 9,315,730
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Patent Status: 
Available - Various licensing and partnering options are available. Please contact the Intellectual Property Department to discuss.
Patent Issue Date: 
June 11, 2013
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