By Peter MarshallThe paper by University of California, San Diego researchers, published in the Journal of Chemical Education, presents the first “cellulosic” material to be produced from hexane, an organic compound derived from the oil tar of petroleum.
The research has been described as the first experimental proof of principle of using hexane to make carbon nanotubes (cNNTs), a material that has been shown to be highly durable.
The paper’s lead author, graduate student Daniela J. Alvarado-Reyes, is a member of a research team from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at UC San Diego that has previously reported using cNNT to make polycarbonate (PVC) and other plastics.
Alifado-Rodriguez-Rey, a graduate student in the department, has been studying the properties of cNNNT for the past year, and has published a paper on her efforts, called “A new class of materials that do not rely on petroleum for their material composition.”
The study has been designed to study how cNTNTs can be used to produce carbon nanodiamonds (cNi), a thin material made from carbon nanofibers, which are the backbone of most polymer composite materials.
They are typically used as the backbone for various materials, including ceramics, carbon-based plastics, and polymers.
Alvarado and her team made cNTS from the polyethylene, a common ingredient in plastic and other plastic products, by using a process that uses the reactions of hydrogen peroxide and hydrogen cyanide, two natural ingredients in the manufacture of PVC and other polymer composites.
Hydrogen peroxide is used to dissolve the polymer, and hydrogen Cyanide is used as a catalyst to make the carbon nanocarbons, which then dissolve.
The researchers then added another natural catalyst to produce a “cellular” layer of cNi.
“We are not making cNts,” Alvarados said.
“We are making carbon nanos, which we can use to make PVC and a lot of other things.”
“Cyanide-catalyzed reactions provide an extremely efficient means of producing cNt,” she said.
According to Alvaros, the “cellularity” of the cNTi was determined by using hydrogen peroxides, the carbon derivatives of hydrogen and oxygen, to catalyze the reaction.
“The reaction that we used to create cNtic is one of the most efficient methods that we have ever come up with,” she explained.
“Our reaction is so efficient that we can make a new class that is really, really high-quality and high-performance.
It’s much easier to produce it than other materials that you might have to go through.”
The researchers are currently studying the reaction process for a wide variety of other materials, which could eventually lead to better-performing cNTIs.
Alvalos and her colleagues are currently working on a study of the reaction processes for the production of a new type of cNT, called the “ultra-cellular cNti,” which could be used as replacement for the traditional carbon nanoparticles in a variety of new materials.
The research has already been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and will be presented at the upcoming International Conference on Nanoparticle Nanoscience, which takes place in Toronto from November 13-15.