Development of tailored catalysts for CNT synthesis


This project involves the development of tailored catalysts for CNT synthesis.


Professor Andrew Harris

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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The CNT synthesis parameter space is vast. A conservative estimate puts the number of influential parameters at 15, all at multiple values. Given that each experiment typically takes hours, the total number of possible permutations in the CNT synthesis space would take centuries to fully map using traditional experimental methods. To address this issue, we are developing a novel system to map the CNT synthesis space much more efficiently than the typical ‘change one variable at a time’ approach. The first stage involves customized quantum chemistry modelling to reduce the CNT space to a manageable size followed by high through-put experiments to validate the modelling work.

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carbon nanotubes, mechanisms and processing of advanced materials

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 348

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