Mechanisms Involved in the Electrolytic Fabrication of Carbon Nanostructures
The formation of various forms of carbon nanostructures in molten salts, including spherical carbon nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, carbon nanoscrolls, graphene and carbon encapsulated structures has been found to depend on various processing parameters, including the morphology of the graphite feed material and electrochemical conditions such as the molten salt temperature, the cathode current density and the atmosphere of the molten salt electrolysis process. The mechanisms involved in the formation of these carbon nanostructures can be speculated by the correlation between the characteristics of the products and the processing parameters. This chapter concerns various possible mechanisms by which the electrolytic formation of carbon nanostructures in molten salts can be explained.
KeywordsMolten salts Graphite Carbon nanostructures Graphene Intercalation Hydrogen Lithium Chemical reaction Electrochemistry
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