New directions for non-fuel uses of anthracites

John M Andresen, Caroline E Burgess, Peter J Pappano, Harold H Schobert

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Anthracites contain over 90% carbon, most of which is in the form of large, polycyclic aromatic sheets. The high carbon content and the highly aromatic nature give anthracites great potential for conversion to high-value carbon materials. This paper reviews previous work and summarizes the present status of conversion of anthracites to four types of premium carbon materials: molded or extruded graphites, binder pitch, activated carbons, and exfoliated carbons. Significant opportunities exist for the non-fuel uses of anthracites in these applications. (C) 2003 Published by Elsevier B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1373-1392
Number of pages20
JournalFuel Processing Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2004


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