Journal of Mining and Metallurgy, Section B: Metallurgy 2003 Volume 39, Issue 1-2, Pages: 309-342
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Recent development in electrolytic formation of carbon nanotubes in molten salts

Chen G.Z., Fray D.J.

This article reviews the recent research development in the electrolytic production of carbon nano-tubes in molten salts. The experimental procedure and product morphologies of the electrolytic method are described in details. Different hypotheses of the carbon nano-tube formation mechanism in molten salts, particularly it relation with the erosion of the cathode, are compared and discussed. It is anticipated that the electrolytic method can potentially become a cheap and continuous process for the production of curved carbon nano-tubes, carbon sheathed metal nanowires and other carbon based nano-structures.

Keywords: electrolysis, molten salts, graphite cathode, carbon nano-tubes, mechanism

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