Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS)

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Spring 2015


Cellulose is the most abundant and inexpensive material available for chemical synthesis. Hydrothermal treatment of cellulose nanocrystal can resemble the nature carbonization process of carbon species. Recently, carbon nanotubes are reported to be successfully synthesized from hydrothermal treatment of carbon species. We then carefully carry the hydrothermal treatment of cellulose nano crystalline and analysis the product. Fibers resemble single wall carbon nanotube structure were observed under Atomic Force Microscopy. Raman Spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy results show more information about the fibers, which may further prove our assumption to use cellulose nano crystalline to synthesis single wall nanotube in mild hydrothermal treatment conditions.