A method for producing carbon nanotubes directly from plant materials

Xinfeng Xie, Barry Goodell, Yuhui Qian, Geoffrey Daniel, Dajie Zhang, Dennis C. Nagle, Michael L. Peterson, Jody Jellison

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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were produced from plant materials using a cyclic oxidation process after the raw materials were pretreated by oxidative carbonization in air at about 240°C. The cyclic oxidation process was found to be more effective than a continuous heating process in ablating the residual carbon from cellulose. The results also indicated that no CNTs were produced unless a preoxidation process was used, or when the cyclic oxidation temperature increased beyond 600°C. Implications of this work for practical applications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-28
Number of pages3
JournalForest Products Journal
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Plant Science


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