I’ve often wondered, what actually is activated about activated charcoal?

Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal or activated coal, is a form of carbon that has been processed to make it extremely porous and thus to have a very large surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions.

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I love the stuff. Its a big part of my air filtration system that I’ve got going to prevent myself from smelling my neighbours cooking odors :P

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