Carbon Black

Carbon black (subtypes are acetylene blackchannel blackfurnace blacklamp black and thermal black) is a material produced by the incomplete combustion of heavy petroleum products such as Fluid catalytic cracking tar, coal tarethylene cracking tar, or vegetable matter. Carbon black is a form of paracrystalline carbon that has a high surface-area-to-volume ratio, albeit lower than that of activated carbon. It is dissimilar to soot in its much higher surface-area-to-volume ratio and significantly lower (negligible and non-bioavailable) polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) content. However, carbon black is widely used as a model compound for diesel soot for diesel oxidation experiments.