Activated carbon had successfully been made from betung bamboo (Dendrocalamus Asper) bycarbonization process for 1 hour with chemical activation using pottasium hydroxide (KOH) with themass ratio of the carbon powder with KOH i.e. 1:0, 1:1, 1:2 and 2:1. In order to activate the carbon,the activation was help by microwave irradiation with the power of 630 Watt for 20 minutes. Thepurpose of this research is to characterize activated carbon using X-ray diffraction (XRD), FourirerTransform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and absorption of methylene blue. The data of X-raydiffraction pattern indicated that all of the activated carbon were in a semi-crystalline form, with theXRD peaks observed at angel of diffraction (2Î¸) of 21.268o and 41.014o with oriented of (002) and(100) respectively. The highest value of layer (Lc) is resulted from the ratio 1:1 as high as 21.495 nmand this data supported by the highestabsorption of methylene blue at ratio 1:1 as high as 99.327mg/g. Characterization of FTIR showed that the activated carbon had the function of cluster âOH, CHand C=C. Overall the calculated and analyzed results showed that the variation of KOHconcentration influences the qualities of the activated carbon.
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