We investigated the production of the graphite contained in the soot of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) synthesized using the arc discharge method with a poorly graphitized carbon (PGC) rod in comparison to a graphite rod. A PGC rod was produced using a mixture of coal tar and carbon black and was heat treated to 1000 °C. The rod was packed with a mixture of iron (Fe), nickel (Ni), sulfur (S), and PGC and used for the production of SWCNT soot using arc discharge. From the results of X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy, the amount of graphite in the SWCNT soot synthesized by PGC rod was lower than that by graphite rod. The production of graphite in the soot was found to be dependent on the carbon structure of the anode and the current density of arc discharge.
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