Production of Advanced Materials in Molten Salts

  • Ali Reza KamaliEmail author


Molten salt-based methods have been prime candidates for the commercial extraction of a variety of metals, such as aluminum and lithium, which are impossible or very difficult to be produced by other techniques. In addition to these well-developed technologies, molten salt methods have also created new strategies for the preparation of advanced metallic, intermetallic and ceramic materials as well as carbon nanostructures. This chapter focuses on the latter. In contact with carbonaceous materials, molten salts can either be relatively inert or reactive. Both behaviors have been employed for the preparation of carbon nanomaterials. An inert molten salt system can provide a uniform ionically conductive heating medium for the occurrence of reactions with an enhanced reactivity, leading to a significant promotion of reaction kinetics. This promoting influence is mainly due to the enhanced values of the diffusion coefficient of ions in molten salts. In contrast, there are some molten salt methods in which the molten salt involved is reactive against solid or gaseous carbonaceous species, leading to the preparation of a variety of different carbon nanostructures. Molten salt reduction of graphene oxides and the electrochemical exfoliation of graphite are also discussed.


Molten salts Advanced materials Reactivity Carbon nanostructures Graphitization CO2 capture 


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  1. 1.Energy and Environmental Materials Research Centre (E2MC), School of MetallurgyNortheastern UniversityShenyangChina

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