Study of purification process of single-walled carbon nanotubes by thermoanalytical techniques

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The thermal behaviour of commercial Carbolex single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) both as-received and after purification by a novel method has been studied by thermogravimetric/derivative thermogravimetric/difference thermal analysis (TG/DTG/DTA). Purification from metal catalysts (Ni and Y) has been successfully obtained using 0.1 M I2in iso-propanol instead of the usual concentrated HNO3. The final residues of thermal analysis have been characterised by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The gathered results showed that the as-received SWCNTs burns out in a one-step between 573 and 923 K, whereas the SWCNTs treated with HNO3become highly hygroscopic. The I2-iso-propanol-treated SWCNTs showed three overlapped exothermic peaks between 500 and 973 K in the DTA curve, which allowed separating amorphous carbon from SWCNTs by air-thermal treatment at 573 K. The graphite-like compounds, which are present in both untreated and treated SWCNTs, does not burn up to 1173 K. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209 - 212
Number of pages4
JournalThermochimica Acta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2005


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)

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