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Properties of Charcoal
Because charcoal can pack molecules of ammonia gas into its crevices, it
can attract and hold 80 quarts of ammonia gas per one quart of pulverized
charcoal! This process is called adsorption, or attaching onto rather than
taking onto rather than taking into as in absorption.
1733, Scheele made an experiment with charcoal in which a gas was trapped
in an inverted tube with charcoal, the lower end of the tube being
submerged in a container of mercury. As the gas was adsorbed by the
charcoal, a vacuum appeared in the tube and sucked the mercury up into the
Pharmacist P.F. Touery, in 1831, making a demonstration of the
effectiveness of charcoal before the French Academy of Medicine, survived
after swallowing 15 grams of strychnine (ten times the lethal dose) and an
equal amount of charcoal—about three tablespoonfuls.
Charred toast and other scorched
food in the kitchen are not healthful. They are not charcoal. These
represent charred protein, fats, carbohydrates, and mineral salts, the
very parts burned away in charcoal, leaving only charred cellulose.
skeletal structure remaining in true charcoal is inert, where as the
remaining substances in charred food can react unhealthfully with the
body, and even act as cancer-producing agents.
Activated charcoal is produced from the controlled burning of wood or bone
which is then subjected to the action of an oxidizing gas such as steam or
air at elevated temperature. This process enhances the adsorptive power of
charcoal by developing an extensive network of fine pores in the material.
activation process was not invented until after the turn of the 20th
century, but charcoal was already recognized as a useful healing agent
even though only regular charcoal was then in use.
Following activation of charcoal with pressurized steam or strong acid,
the surface area of one cubic centimeter is 1000 square meters!
This expanded surface is due to the fact that charcoal particles have
thousands of crevices, pits, grooves, and holes which, when opened out,
make quite a large surface area.
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