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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2017, Article ID 8635615, 6 pages
Research Article

Preparation and Characterization of Activated Carbon Obtained from Plantain (Musa paradisiaca) Fruit Stem

Department of Chemistry, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, PMB 5047, Rumuolumeni, Rivers State, Nigeria

Correspondence should be addressed to V. Osi; moc.liamg@20enitnelaviso

Received 19 December 2016; Accepted 6 March 2017; Published 23 March 2017

Academic Editor: Henryk Kozlowski

Copyright © 2017 O. A. Ekpete et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Carbonization of carbon obtained from plantain (Musa paradisiaca) stem was achieved at a temperature of 400°C for one hour. The carbonized carbon was divided into two parts to be activated separately. The activated carbon CPPAC (carbonized plantain phosphoric acid activated carbon) and CPZAC (carbonized plantain zinc chloride activated carbon) were produced via the chemical activation process using H3PO4 and ZnCl2. Characterization of pH, bulk density, moisture content, ash content, volatile matter, iodine number, and oxygen functional group was conducted. When comparing the surface properties of both CPPAC and CPZAC with the untreated plantain carbon (UPC), it was observed that there existed significant differences in all properties with the exemption of carboxylic group for CPPAC and phenolic group for both CPPAC and CPZAC, thus signifying that a chemical transformation did occur. When comparing the results obtained from CPPAC to that of CPZAC, CPPAC was more preferable for adsorption due to its low bulk density, low ash content, and high iodine value, signifying thus that the activating agents both reacted differently with the plantain stem.