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The production of carbon nanotubes from carbon dioxide: challenges and opportunities

Simate, Geoffrey Simate and Iyuke, Sunny E. and Ndlovu, Sehliselo and Yah, Clarence Suh and Lubinda , F. Walubita (2010) The production of carbon nanotubes from carbon dioxide: challenges and opportunities. JOURNAL OF NATURAL GAS CHEMISTRY, 19 (5). pp. 453-460. ISSN 1003-9953

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Recent advances in the production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are reviewed with an emphasis on the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a sole source of carbon. Compared to the most widely used carbon precursors such as graphite, methane, acetylene, ethanol, ethylene, and coal-derived hydrocarbons, CO2 is competitively cheaper with relatively high carbon yield content. However, CNT synthesis from CO2 is a newly emerging technology, and hence it needs to be explored further. A theoretical and analytical comparison of the currently existing CNT-CO2 synthesis techniques is given including a review of some of the process parameters (i.e., temperature, pressure, catalyst, etc.) that affect the CO2 reduction rate. Such analysis indicates that there is still a fundamental need to further explore the following aspects so as to realize the full potential of CO2 based CNT technology: (1) the CNT-CO2 synthesis and formation mechanism,(2) catalytic effects of transitional metals and mechanisms, (3) utilization of metallocenes in the CNT-CO2 reactions, (4) applicability of ferrite-organometallic compounds in the CNT-CO2 synthesis reactions, and (5) the effects of process parameters such as temperature, etc.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
ID Code:9708
Deposited By:Clarence Suh Yah
Deposited On:18 Oct 2010 16:40
Last Modified:18 Oct 2010 16:42

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