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Carbon nanocoils for multi-functional energy applications

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Bulk manufacturing of nanomaterials with multifunctional properties is fundamental to their applications. Here we describe large scale production of carbon nanotubular coils by a scalable catalytic chemical vapor deposition technique using a hydrogen decrepitated alloy hydride thin film catalyst supported on flexible carbon fabric. Several energy-related applications of this material, such as catalyst support for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and electrodes for supercapacitors are evaluated. The nanocoil material showed improved performance over previously reported carbon nanomaterials suggesting high potential for this material for practical applications.

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The article was received on 07 Jun 2011, accepted on 10 Aug 2011 and first published on 07 Sep 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1JM12580J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 16103-16107
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    Carbon nanocoils for multi-functional energy applications

    A. Leela Mohana Reddy, R. I. Jafri, N. Jha, S. Ramaprabhu and P. M. Ajayan, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 16103
    DOI: 10.1039/C1JM12580J

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