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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2009

A method for producing carbon nanotubes directly from plant materials

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


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 degrees 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 degrees C. Implications of this work for practical applications are discussed.


Carbon nanotubes; cyclic oxidation; plant materials; CNTs

Published in

Forest Products Journal
2009, Volume: 59, number: 1-2, pages: 26-28
Publisher: Forest Products Society

    SLU Authors

    • Daniel, Geoffrey

      • Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Forest Science

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