Scaling up the manufacturing of vertically aligned, single-walled carbon nanotubes


From batteries to water purifiers, carbon nanotubes are where it's at
Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes rising from catalytic nanoparticles (gold shade) on a silicon wafer on prime of a heating stage (pink glow). Diffusion of acetylene (black molecules) by the gasoline part to the catalytic websites determines the expansion fee in a cold-wall showerhead reactor. Credit score: Adam Samuel Connell/LLNL

Lawrence Livermore Nationwide Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are scaling up the manufacturing of vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) that would revolutionize various business merchandise starting from rechargeable batteries, automotive elements and sporting items to boat hulls and water filters. The analysis seems within the journal Carbon.

Most CNT manufacturing immediately is utilized in bulk composite supplies and skinny movies, which depend on unorganized CNT architectures. For a lot of makes use of, organized CNT architectures similar to vertically aligned forests present necessary benefits for exploiting the properties of particular person CNTs in macroscopic programs.

“Sturdy synthesis of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes at massive scale is required to speed up deployment of quite a few cutting-edge units to rising ,” mentioned LLNL scientist and lead writer Francesco Fornasiero. “To deal with this want, we demonstrated that the structural traits of single-walled CNTs produced at wafer scale in a development regime dominated by bulk diffusion of the gaseous carbon precursor are remarkably invariant over a broad vary of course of circumstances.”

The workforce discovered that the vertically oriented SWCNTs retained very prime quality when rising precursor focus (the preliminary carbon) as much as 30-fold, the catalyst substrate space from 1 cm2 to 180 cm2, development strain from 20 to 790 Mbar and gasoline flowrates as much as eight-fold.

LLNL scientists derived a kinetics mannequin that exhibits the expansion kinetics might be accelerated by utilizing a lighter tub gasoline to assist precursor diffusion, and that byproduct formation, which turns into progressively extra necessary at larger development strain, could possibly be tremendously mitigated by utilizing a hydrogen-free development setting. The mannequin additionally signifies that acceptable selection of the CNT development recipe and fluid dynamics circumstances can enhance the manufacturing throughput by 6-fold and the conversion effectivity to larger than 90%.

“These mannequin projections, together with the remarkably conserved construction of the CNT forests over a variety of synthesis circumstances, recommend {that a} bulk-diffusion-limited development regime might facilitate preservation of vertically aligned CNT-based gadget efficiency throughout scale up,” mentioned LLNL scientist and first writer Sei Jin Park.

The workforce concluded that working in a development regime that’s quantitatively described by a easy CNT development kinetics mannequin can facilitate course of optimization and result in a extra fast deployment of cutting-edge vertically-aligned CNT purposes.

Nanotube development transferring in the fitting path

Extra data:
Sei Jin Park et al, Synthesis of wafer-scale SWCNT forests with remarkably invariant structural properties in a bulk-diffusion-controlled kinetic regime, Carbon (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2022.09.068

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