Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics features PEL/N-PRiME HOT paper on the synthesis of carbon nanostructures

“Microwave plasma enabled synthesis of free standing carbon nanostructures at atmospheric pressure conditions” by N. Bundaleska et al (with the Plasma Engineering Laboratory of N-PRiME; E. Tatarova, PI) has been selected by the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) journal as a HOT manuscript in 2018.

The PCCP Hot Articles Collection features all papers that were distinguished during a publication year by the editors or the referees, as 'excellent contribution' that was 'extremely well received'.

The paper reports on the experimental and theoretical study of microwave (2.45 GHz) plasma enabled assembly of carbon nanostructures, such as multilayer graphene sheets and nanoparticles. The controlled synthesis of the carbon nanostructures was fabricated at atmospheric pressure conditions, by tailoring the plasma environment for different Ar–CH4 gas mixture composition and flows. An insight into the physical chemistry of carbon nanostructure formation in a high energy-density microwave plasma environment was obtained by interplaying experimental diagnostics and simulations.

The research, lead by IPFN, was performed in the framework of a collaboration effort, involving Instituto Superior Técnico / University of Lisbon and the Faculty of Physics / Sofia University (Bulgaria).