Our technology is based on the decomposition of hydrocarbons
driven by a self-regulated low-voltage contact arc-discharge in
liquid phase, LSA (Liquid-phase Self-regulated Arc).
The arc discharge is a core process for producing
well-graphitised short MWNTs and SWNTs
So far, we have
produced the nanotubes using a very wide range of hydrocarbon
liquids, including pure multi-solvents, like benzene, toluene, chlorobenzene, hexane, pentane, cyclohexane, acetone, methanol,
ethanol, paraldehyde, and mixtures of thereof, mixtures of some of
the hydrocarbons (acetone, methanol, ethanol, etc) with distilled
water, and natural & industrial hydrocarbons, like petrol, diesel,
vegetable oils, naphtenates, etc
The unique geometry of our 3 kW-apparatus (Fig.1)
produces ~30 g/hour of high-quality nanotube deposits (Fig.2)
consuming just 100 kW-hour of electric energy per 1 kg of the
deposit produced. This is in 5-10 times less than in a conventional
gas-phase arc-discharge nanotube production
The production rate can be increase by increasing the power
The process is safe and Environmentally friendly, it is
reliable and reproducible, it is flexible and highly scalable .
Furthermore our unique technology gives us the flexibility to
increase the production of carbon nanotubes at any desired level in
a very short notice.