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Towards the bulk production of fullerenes, nanotubes and carbon black by a clean process (PLASMACARB)

Project ID: G5RD-CT-1999-00173
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH


Nanomaterials will be the first big market for nanotechnologies and several big companies are positioning themselves to become bulk suppliers.The major objective of the project is to make new carbon nano-particles (carbon black, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes) available in commercial quantities to the industry and applied research.

The use of plasma for the production of carbon black is an innovative new technology demanding new and high skills. This technology might replace one day the commonly used furnace technology.This technology will allow carbon-dioxide-free production and will enable the use of renewable (vegetable) oils as feedstock. The same technology is used for the production of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes.

While potential applications for fullerenes and carbon nanotubes are virtually endless, the high production cost has made their widespread commercial use impossible so far.

This project summary is one of a series featured in the nanotechnology projects showcase on CORDIS:

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