CarbonMag is a disruptive new RNA purification technology which uses carbon surfaces, rather than silica surfaces, to isolate RNA from a mixture. Carbon has been used for years in medical implants because it binds neither nucleic acids nor proteins, which reduces bio-fouling. We have engineered a carbon surface which binds only single stranded nucleic acids under specific conditions. The result is an easy-to-perform magnetic bead based purification method which produces RNA which does not need to be cleaned up with DNase before downstream manipulation. In fact, the RNA is even more pure than products which include the DNase cleanup.