Activated Carbon

There are over 1000 known applications for activated carbon, covering dozens of end use markets.

Treatment of air and process gases typically has two fundamental drivers: regulatory compliance and/or product purity. Many industrial operations face increasingly stringent discharge limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs). From a process purity standpoint, many process gases contain undesired impurities that can be removed with Jacobi’s EcoSorb™ and AddSorb™ products.
Managers of petrochemical facilities today are faced with striking a difficult balance between optimizing the operating the refinery to maximize profits and complying with increasingly stringent environmental regulations governing air and water emissions from the facility.  Jacobi fully understands the scale and nuances of refinery operations, and we have developed a full range of activated carbons to meet every challenge in typical refinery operations.
In many industrialized nations it is common practice to use incineration methods for waste disposal. There are also ways to recover energy from the process. However, operating an incinerator requires strict adherence to environmental regulations. Hazardous, clinical and waste to energy incinerators can benefit from our EcoSorb™ range of activated carbon. Specially designed to adsorb unwelcome airborne compounds from flue gases
Unwanted tastes and colours must be dealt with and impurities need effective removal. Beverage producers demand very high purity in the water and many times the water supply from local sources needs further treatment. Public health and safety issues are at the top of the list. Activated carbons possess a diverse range of pore properties that are perfect for adsorption of numerous chemical compounds. Jacobi’s AquaSorb™ and ColorSorb™ products are ideal for this application.

The gold extraction industry faces perennial challenges even in times when gold prices are high. Mines must strive to process ore of diminishing quality, and control operating costs at levels that maximize the return on investment. The need to maintain environmental responsibility adds to the challenge. Selecting a provider of high quality activated carbons is vital to the bottom line. Almost half of all Adsorption-Desorption-Recovery (ADR) plants worldwide use Jacobi’s activated carbons GoldSorb™ and PicaGold™.

Furthermore, at Jacobi we understand that technical support beyond the sale of the carbon is of critical value to the mining industry. Our Carbon Management Program helps customers to understand how activated carbon behaviour affects circuit performance and ultimately gold recovery levels, and includes services such as audits of carbon circuits, analytical testing of carbon samples, and on-site troubleshooting of carbon adsorption systems.


Manufacturers of personal protection devices are driven to safeguard the public health caused by airborne chemical contaminants.  Removal of these contaminants is technically demanding, and manufacturers must meet this technical challenge while navigating stringent regulations. Jacobi’s understands this unique blend of technical and regulatory challenges for personal protection devices faced by our customers.



Modern medical treatments increasingly utilise drug therapy in addition to, or in place of, invasive measures. The growth of new pharmaceutical preparations is today at an unprecedented level.
At the same time, increasing regulatory scrutiny over pharmaceutical formulations adds to the challenge for pharmaceutical companies. Jacobi has extensive knowledge of the regulatory and economic challenges faced by pharmaceutical manufacturers, and deep insight into their complex markets. Regardless of the industry sector we have the right activated carbon.




As standards of living continue to increase in developed nations, consumers demand higher quality drinking water from their taps. Activated carbon is the time tested solution to meet these challenges. Jacobi offers a full range of products for water treatment from the AquaSorb™ line especially designed for use in home water filtration systems.



Modern society is increasingly hungry for power. Whether it be to ensure our mobile communications devices are available for use, or simply to provide all the comforts and labour-saving devices in our homes and work spaces. However, continuous generation of energy is no longer sustainable and we must seek ways to recover or recuperate energy for reuse, if we are to continue the spread of this demand.

Recent innovations in recuperative energy are becoming commonplace; from hybrid vehicles to power tools and harnessing natural energy sources of wind, wave and sun. The storage of energy is more problematic and in particular, short term accumulation for immediate and rapid reuse. Hence the role of supercapacitors is developing in meeting this challenge.

A supercapacitor uses a composite of different carbon materials, including an extremely high surface area, high purity activated carbon to store electrolyte within its porosity. This electrolyte can rapidly be charged with electrons as the spent energy is recovered, and hold it with minimal leakage and a capacity far in excess of its own mass. When discharge of the stored energy is required, activated carbon allows this to be achieved rapidly and without significant loss of energy, in turn restoring optimal capacity to the supercapacitor cell. This means the cell can be charged and discharged repeatedly for thousands of cycles without loss of performance.

Jacobi Carbons has completed construction of the world’s most modern and advanced manufacturing facility for high purity activated carbons. Our SuperCapTM EL-Series materials offer both standard and extended capacity products to the market. Meanwhile our research continues to develop the next generation of activated carbons, with reduced torosity and greater capacity for use in smaller ultra-capacitor systems to further extend energy storage capabilities.



In today’s competitive market, vehicle manufacturers face a variety of challenges with respect to the capture of organic compounds. Increasingly stringent emissions regulations require efficient removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the vehicle, mileage standards impact the size and weight of vehicles (thus impacting the design of air filters used in the vehicle), and consumers continue to demand improved driving experiences (driven in part by air quality within the vehicle cabin). Auto makers must meet all of these demands while producing vehicles that are price competitive to consumers.



Water. One of the world’s most precious resources for drinking, irrigation or industrial processes. The supply of clean, fresh water continues to be more and more constrained as populations rise and water demands grow on our planet. Activated carbon is one of the best technologies available for improving water quality. Jacobi’s AquaSorb™ range of activated carbon is specifically designed for use in liquid phase adsorption systems.