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A Novel Type of Carbon: The Synthesis of Patterned Co-block Carbon Nanofibers

Authors

  • Ahmed Shaikjee,

    1. DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials and the Molecular Sciences, Institute School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
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  • Neil J. Coville

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    1. DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials and the Molecular Sciences, Institute School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
    • DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials and the Molecular Sciences, Institute School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa.
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Abstract

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A co-block carbon nanofiber (CNF) is synthesized by using methylpropiolate and 2-pentyne. In order to achieve a patterned growth, the acetylenes are alternated, such that an A-B-A-B co-block CNF is produced. The distinct blocks are attributed to the type of acetylene used.

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