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Continuous Production of Fullerenes and other carbon nanomaterials on a semi-industrial scale using plasma technology

Abstract : A new production method is presented allowing the production of bulk quantities of fullerenes and other carbon nanomaterials using a 3-phase thermal plasma (260 kW). The main characteristics of this method lie in the independent control of the carbon throughput by injection of a solid carbon feedstock, and the immediate extraction of the synthesised product from the reactor, allowing production on a continuous basis. The currently investigated plasma facility is of an intermediate scale between lab-size and an industrial pilot plant, ready for further up scaling to an industrial size. The influence of a large number of different carbon precursors, plasma gases and operating conditions on the fullerene yield has been studied. At this state, quantities of up to 1 kg of carbon can be processed per hour with further scope for increase, leading to production rates for this type of materials not achievable with any other technology at present.
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Thomas Gruenberger, José Gonzalez-Aguilar, Laurent Fulcheri, Frédéric Fabry, Eusebiu Grivei, et al.. Continuous Production of Fullerenes and other carbon nanomaterials on a semi-industrial scale using plasma technology. XVI International Winter school on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, Mar 2002, Kirchberg, Austria. p.7-11. ⟨hal-00534060⟩

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