Following in the lineage of Adsorption by Carbons (Bottani & Tascon, 2008), this work explores current research within contemporary novel carbon adsorbents. Both basic and applied aspects are discussed for this important class of materials. The first section of the book introduces physical adsorption and carbonaceous materials, and is followed by a section concerning the fundamentals of adsorption by carbons. This leads to development of a series of theoretical concepts that serve as an introduction to the following section in which adsorption is mainly envisaged as a tool to characterize the porous texture and surface chemistry of carbons. Particular attention is paid to novel nanocarbons, and the electrochemistry of adsorption by carbons is also addressed. Finally, several important technological applications of gas and liquid adsorption by carbons in areas such as environmental protection and energy storage constitute the last section of the book.

Key Features

    • Encompasses fundamental science of adsorption by carbons, in one location, supporting current R&D without extensive literature review
    • Describes adsorption as it is currently applied to major novel types of carbon materials, including carbon gels, carbide-derived carbons, zeolite-templated carbvons, hydrothermal carbons, carbon nanohorns and graphene
    • Specific discussion of fuel storage, environmental remediation and biomedical applications, of contemporary interest to many surface chemists and applications-focused researchers


    Graduate-level researchers working in the field of carbon materials and adsorption, with some process engineers, chemists, physicists and corporate research scientists.

    Table of Contents




    I. Introduction
    1. Novel Nanocarbons for Adsorption

    II. Recent developments in theory

    2.Accessibility of Gases and Liquids in Carbons

    3. Virtual porous carbon models

    III. New characterization methodologies
    4. Advanced Physical Adsorption Characterization of Nanoporous Carbons

    5. Water adsorption by carbons. Hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity
    6. Basicity of carbons

    IV. Adsorption by novel carbon types
    7. Adsorption by carbon gels
    8. Adsorption by phosphorus-containing carbons
    9. Porous carbide-derived carbons
    10. Zeolite-templated carbon –Its unique characteristics and applications-
    11, Adsorption by soft-templated carbons
    12. Hydrothermal carbons–Synthesis, characterization and applications
    13. Porosity and Adsorption Properties of Single-Wall Carbon Nanohorn
    14. Adsorption behaviour of graphene and grapheme related materials

    V. Emerging applications of adsorption by carbons
    15. Porous texture versus surface chemistry in applications of adsorption by carbons
    16. Catalytic removal of water solved aromatic compounds by carbon based materials
    17. Photochemical behavior of carbon adsorbents
    18. Carbon-based Catalyst Support in Fuel Cell Applications
    19. Novel carbon materials for CO2 adsorption
    20. Non-Enviromental Industrial applications of activated Carbon Adsorption
    21. Biomedical applications of carbon adsorbents

    Author Index

    Subject Index


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    About the author

    Juan Tascón

    Juan M. D. Tascón graduated in Chemistry from University of Oviedo, Spain and in 1981 received a Doctor degree from Complutense University, Madrid. With the only exception of two postdoctoral stays, one in Belgium (Univ. of Louvain, with Prof. B. Delmon) and another in the USA (New York University, with Prof. M.J.D. Low) he has spent his entire career at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), first at the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (Madrid), and, from 1985 on, at the National Carbon Institute (Oviedo) where he is now a Research Professor and Director. His work has been mainly focused on the surface properties of carbon materials such as carbon fibers, activated carbons (and porous carbons in general) and, lately, graphene. He has published over 250 papers in refereed journals and has edited three books. Juan is serving in the advisory editorial boards of Fuel, Journal of the Argentine Chemical Society and Recent Patents on Materials Science, and is an Editor of Carbon since 2012.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Instituto Nacional del Carbon, SIC, Oviedo, Spain


    "The adsorption of carbon is not the issue, but the use of carbon-based materials to adsorb other substances. Chemists and materials scientists cover recent developments in theory, new characterization methodologies, adsorption by novel carbon types, and emerging applications."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013