Carbon materials were obtained by pyrolysis of the sawdust of Algarroba wood under CO2 or N2 atmospheres
at temperatures from 200ºC up to 900ºC. Carbon materials were characterized by surface and micropore areas, volume
pore and mean pore diameter. An approach of the kinetic parameters (apparent constant-rates and activation energies) associated
with the synthesis of these carbon materials is also presented. From the kinetic data of thermal degradation of Algarroba
wood, three different pyrolysis zones were verified. First, an incipient carbonization between 200 up to 350ºC,
second an extensive carbonization between 350 up to 600ºC, and a third step involving the pore formation at temperatures
higher than 600ºC. As a target application of carbon materials, results of phenol adsorption and phenol photodegradation
under UV-irradiation indicated the potential of carbon materials in presence of TiO2 for treatment of polluted waters.