Advanced Forms of Activated Carbon

Technology Summary

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.

Description

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.

Benefits

  • 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

Applications and Industries

  • Mining
  • Nuclear power & fuel processing
  • Waste management
  • Water purification
  • Environmental cleanup 
  • Medical
  • Chemical industry

Intellectual Property

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Patent Number
Date
Advanced fire-resistant forms of activated carbon and methods of adsorbing and separating gases using same 9,315,730 04/19/2016
Issued
Advanced fire-resistant forms of activated carbon and methods of adsorbing and separating gases using same 8,945,277 02/03/2015
Issued
Technology IDSD#11471Development StagePrototype - Sandia estimates this technology at a TRL 4. The key elements of the technology have been proven to work as expected in the laboratory environment.AvailabilityAvailable - Various licensing and partnering options are available. Please contact the Intellectual Property Department to discuss.Published09/28/2011Last Updated06/11/2013