Multisolvent System for Synthesizing Nanoparticles on Carbon Fiber

  • Cost-effective way to produce nanoparticle catalysts on carbon fibers
  • Multisolvent system uses microwave heat to reduce nanoparticle size
  • Reliably produces small (~5-20 nm) nanoparticles in seconds

Abstract
The University of Central Florida invention is a fast, cost-effective approach to producing nanoparticle catalysts on carbon fibers using microwave heating. Using the approach, researchers were also able to grow carbon nanotubes on the carbon fibers. Supported nanoparticle composites serve a vital role in a wide range of chemical applications, including energy storage, energy conversion and pollutant degradation.

The UCF process has the benefits of 1) operating under ambient atmosphere to produce metallic nanoparticles, 2) reliably producing small (approximately 5-20 nm) nanoparticles in seconds, and 3) producing nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes in the same simple process. The approach is readily adaptable to existing carbon fiber manufacturing processes, rendering this important technology more economically valuable to growing industries.

Stage of Development

Prototype available.

Contact Information

Name: Andrea Adkins

Email: Andrea.Adkins@ucf.edu

Phone: 407.823.0138