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  • Chem Sci Trans., 2013, 2(2),  pp 575-583  

    DOI:10.7598/cst2013.394

    Research Article

    Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes by Molten Salt Technique

  • S ANAGAPPAN, V. THIRUMAL, K. RAMKUMAR and A VISUVASAM
  • CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi-630 006, India
    Department of Nanoscience and Technology, Alagappa University, Karaikudi- 630 003, India
  • Abstract

    Electrolytically prepared carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were obtained from normal graphite in LiCl-1% SnCl2 melt at 600 oC about 5 h. The carbon consumption for nanotube formation was observed visually and the same may occurs at the graphite cathode due to erosion during the electrolysis. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microcopy (SEM) studies have shown similar features between these electrolytic carbon nanotubes and those prepared by other methods. In addition, it has been noticed that the temperature and nature of the molten salts play an important role in determining the quantity and quality of the graphite-nanotube conversion.

    Keywords

    Carbon nanotubes, Graphite, Molten salts, Electrolysis, XRD, SEM.

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