Thermal decomposition of commercial silicone oil to produce high yield high surface area SiC nanorods

V. G. Pol, S. V. Pol, A. Gedanken*, S. H. Lim, Z. Zhong, J. Lin

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Abstract

This article reports on the synthesis of high surface area (563m 2/g) β-SiC nanorods by thermal decomposition of commercial silicone oil at a relatively low reaction temperature (800 °C) in a closed Swagelok cell. High yield (75%) of SiC nanorods are obtained in this one-stage, solvent-, catalyst-, and template-free synthesis technique that runs at a relative low temperature and employs cheap single-precursor. The morphological (TEM, HR-SEM), compositional (CHNS, EDX, SAEDX]), structural (XRD, HR-TEM, and ED), thermal (TGA) characterizations and surface area analysis are carried out for the obtained SiC nanorods. The possibility of hydrogen storage in this high surface area nano-SiC rods are also tested and reported for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11237-11240
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume110
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

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