Conversion of toluene into carbon nanotubes using arc discharge plasmas in solution

T. Okada, T. Kaneko, R. Hatakeyama

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In order to form nanocarbon materials, an arc discharge plasma method in hydrocarbon solvent is developed. In the case that the arc discharge is performed in toluene with nickel electrodes, tube-like nanocarbons were formed from toluene. The catalysis of the metal electrodes is found to be an important factor for the formation of the nanocarbons by the arc discharge in toluene. This method has a possibility of forming carbon nanotubes from liquid state solvents as a new carbon source by using catalyst ingredient as discharge electrodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4262-4265
Number of pages4
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar 12


  • Arc discharge
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Catalysis
  • Hydrocarbon solvents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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