Room-temperature electrosynthesis of carbonaceous fibers


  • This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research and the NSF Young Investigator Program through grant # DMR 9357415. The authors wish to thank Victor Gruol for assistance with the XPS measurements, and Andrew Gewirth (University of Illinois) for generous donation of the HOPG substrate.


Carbonaceous fibers are produced by the room-temperature electrochemical reduction of CCl4. These fibers (see Figure) are structurally and morphologically similar to carbon fibers produced at high temperatures, and are formed sponaneously at an electrode without the need for a template, during cathodic decomposition of CCl4 in non-aqueous electrolytes.

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