On the Synthesis of Carbon Nanofibers and Nanotubes by Microwave Irradiation: Parameters, Catalysts, and Substrates

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  • Tamara Druzhinina,

    1. Laboratory of Macromolecular Chemistry and Nanoscience Eindhoven University of Technology P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
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  • Stephanie Hoeppener,

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    1. Laboratory of Macromolecular Chemistry and Nanoscience Eindhoven University of Technology P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    • Laboratory of Macromolecular Chemistry and Nanoscience Eindhoven University of Technology P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands).
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  • Ulrich S. Schubert

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    1. Laboratory of Macromolecular Chemistry and Nanoscience Eindhoven University of Technology P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    2. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena Humboldtstr. 10, D-07743 Jena (Germany)
    • Laboratory of Macromolecular Chemistry and Nanoscience Eindhoven University of Technology P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands).
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Abstract

The microwave (MW)-assisted synthesis of one dimensional carbon systems is introduced as a promising approach to improve the speed and cost-effectiveness of the fabrication process. Improved reaction conditions are generated by direct MW heating and synthesis under advanced reaction conditions. The influence of the reaction conditions is investigated and the importance of individual process parameters on the synthesis is discussed. Temperature and pressure data recorded during the irradiation process are analyzed in detail and allow the determination of essential process parameters. This leads to improved reaction conditions, better control of the one-dimensional carbon nanosystems by tuning the catalyst materials, and allows expanding this approach to initiate the synthesis on a variety of different substrates, such as quartz glass and mica.

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