A low temperature reduction of CCl4 to solid and hollow carbon nanospheres using metallic sodium

Mohammad Choucair, Matthew Roland Hill, John Arron Stride

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Carbon nanospheres are obtained by reacting metallic sodium at 100 °C with tetrachloromethane under a flow of N2 gas at ambient pressure. The product consisted of both hollowed and solid carbon spheres, ranging between 20 and 300 nm in size and comprised of concentrically oriented, disordered graphitic fragments. The maximum surface area recorded for this nanostructured carbon is 830 m2 g-1. Morphological, structural, and chemical analysis of the product is carried out with HR-TEM, BET surface area, XPS, XRD, and Raman spectroscopy. The formation of the spherical shape of the carbon nanoparticles is discussed based on direct observations of the reaction at the interfacial phase boundary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-43
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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