Properties of Carbon Nanofibers

Personnel: Xianwen Mao, Wenda Tian

Electrospinning is a simple and versatile technique to produce continuous nanofibers from various organic and inorganic materials. Carbon nanofibers synthesized via electrospinning and subsequent carbonization have attracted attention mainly because their structures and properties can be easily adjusted by changing processing conditions. In this project we examine electrochemistry of electrospun carbon nanofibers (ECNFs). We are particularly interested in the sensing and energy applications of the ECNF material system. We are also trying to elucidate the structure-property relationships for ECNF-based electrochemical systems and to develop a fundamental understanding of their highly adjustable electrochemical activities.

For Further Information

  1. Y. Yang, F. Simeon, T.A. Hatton, G.C. Rutledge, “Polyacrylonitrile-based Electrospun Carbon Paper for Electrode Applications”, J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2012, 124(5), 3861-3870.
    Abstract and full text, courtesy of Wiley Online Library
  2. X. Mao, F. Simeon, G.C. Rutledge, T.A. Hatton. “Electrospun Carbon Nanofiber Webs With Controlled Density of States for Sensor Applications”, Adv. Mater. 2013, 25(9), 1309-1314.
    Abstract and full text, courtesy of Wiley Online Library
  3. X. Mao, T.A. Hatton, G.C. Rutledge. “A Review of Electrospun Carbon Nanofibers as Electrode Materials for Energy Storage”, Curr. Org. Chem. 2013, 17, 1390-1401.
    Abstract and full text, courtesy of Bentham Science