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Oshkosh scientist creates activated carbon from waste materials

8:36 AM, Mar. 21, 2013
Annamalai Karthikeyan, founder of Microionic Systems LLC, pours premixed chemical into some paper waste and converts them into active carton at a makeshift lab at the garage of his Oshkosh home Friday, March 15, 2013. Karthikeyan hopes his company wil break into the market for active carbon, a substance in high demand for things like batteries and cell phones.
Annamalai Karthikeyan, founder of Microionic Systems LLC, pours premixed chemical into some paper waste and converts them into active carton at a makeshift lab at the garage of his Oshkosh home Friday, March 15, 2013. Karthikeyan hopes his company wil break into the market for active carbon, a substance in high demand for things like batteries and cell phones.
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OSHKOSH - If you've got $3 million to invest in a startup, Annamalai "Karthik" Karthikeyan would like to have a word with you about activated carbon.

After 20 years of research and development, four patents and a journey that's taken him from Harvard to Oshkosh, Karthik has developed a chemical process that almost instantly creates the a very pure form of the valuable material at near-room temperatures and at a fraction of the cost of traditional production methods.

The material is used in a variety of applications that include pollution filters, protective breathing masks, batteries and ...

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