Synthesis of SWNTs from charcoal by arc-discharging

  • Weiwei Fan (范玮卫)
  • Juan Zhao
  • Yongkang Lv (吕永康)Email author
  • Weiren Bao
  • Xuguang Liu


With charcoal as carbon source and FeS (20wt%) as catalyst, single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were successfully produced by dc arc-discharge method. The analysis by scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy clearly demonstrated that the SWNTs developed from charcoal achieved a high purity with diameter about 1.2 nm, and FTIR measurement showed the inner structural transformation of carbon source, in which functional groups and grapheme sheets were decomposed and then ordered into nanotubes. By this easy-get and relatively low cost material, the experimenal results clearly indicate that charcoal has the opportunity of reducing the cost of SWNTs production.

Key words

charcoal single-wall carbon nanotubes catalyst 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weiwei Fan (范玮卫)
    • 1
  • Juan Zhao
    • 1
  • Yongkang Lv (吕永康)
    • 1
  • Weiren Bao
    • 1
  • Xuguang Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Coal Science and Technology of Ministry of Education and Shanxi ProvinceTaiyuan University of TechnologyTaiyuanChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Ministry of EducationTaiyuan University of TechnologyTaiyuanChina

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