Catalytic graphitization of electrospun cellulose nanofibres using silica nanoparticles

L Deng, AE Lewandowska, RJ Young, G Zhang, R Sun, SJ Eichhorn

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© 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Electrospun cellulose nanofibres have been graphitized in the presence of silica (SiO 2 ) nanoparticles. The structure of the resultant SiC/C hybrids was characterised using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Bamboo-like silicon carbide (SiC) nanostructures were observed emanating from the nanofibres treated at 1500 °C which were thought to grow through a vapour-liquid-solid process. The formation of SiC was also thought to lead to a higher degree of graphitization for the electrospun cellulose fibres. These porous and graphitized nanofibres might find applications in electrochemical energy storage.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)235-238
Number of pages4
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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