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Why does pyrolysis activate carbon?

I am doing a project that involves activating carbon. The method my team is using is simply to heat it within the range of 400-500°C, and then testing for activity by using a dye. Why does simply ...
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Hoffmann's rule in ester pyrolysis

Why is the Hoffmann's product the major product in the pyrolysis of an ester to form a carboxylic acid and alkene?
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Why can wood burn all the way to charcoal instead of just creating a passivating charcoal layer?

I know burning to charcoal is actually incomplete combustion because charcoal can also burn. When a strike anywhere match burns, it burns all the way to charcoal but the charcoal doesn't further burn. ...
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Gases produced by pyrolysis of cellulose

I heated cotton in a sealed container (with a small hole) over a natural gas flame. Some gases and smoke were produced. What would they probably be? I can come up with some guesses based on the ...
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Why does burning wood produce methane and other hydrocarbon chains?

This post kinda helps me understand and it sounds like it has to do with pyrolysis, but I'm having trouble putting the exact reactions together.
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Pyrolysis of canola oil

This is a topic that I cannot find much information about. I would like to know what compounds are in the products formed from pyrolysis of canola oil. I found out by accident that when trying to ...
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Metal extraction by pyrolysis

There is a process named solar furnace pyrolysis which is used to reduce the oxides of various elements by concentrating solar energy. Oxygen is liberated but an oxide slag is left. $$\ce{SiO2 ->[...