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Colloidal coal in water suspensions

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We discuss the possible clean coal applications of colloidal suspensions of coal in water (CCW) manufactured with a proprietary wet-comminution device. These suspensions are a new material with new properties. First, the colloidal fraction plus water is a pseudo fluid good for transport, handling and suspension of large particles. Second, the surface area per unit volume of coal available for chemical reaction and burning is greatly increased and finally, CCW may be milled with a third fluid, seeding the mixture with submicron coal.The colloidal nature of the majority of particles provides for very good features such as outstanding long-term stability, in contrast to regular coal water slurries (CWS) which rapidly sediment under storage. Moreover, the very small particles create an increased reactivity to combustion because small particles with large surface area react faster than large particles with the same volume.

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The article was received on 10 Nov 2009, accepted on 08 Jan 2010 and first published on 24 Mar 2010

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B923601P
Energy Environ. Sci., 2010,3, 629-640

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    Colloidal coal in water suspensions

    G. A. Núñez, M. I. Briceño, D. D. Joseph and T. Asa, Energy Environ. Sci., 2010, 3, 629
    DOI: 10.1039/B923601P

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