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Study Results from University of Western Ontario in the Area of Ethanol Reported

February 7, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Current study results on Ethanol have been published. According to news reporting from London, Canada, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The catalytic activity of surface-modified single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) for partial oxidation processes was tested."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Western Ontario, "A battery of characterization techniques including temperature programmed desorption (TPD) Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to probe the degree and type of oxygen bearing functional groups introduced on the nanotube surface and responsible for catalytic activity. Raman and optical absorption spectroscopy and temperature programmed oxidation (TPO), were used to probe the SWCNTs structure before and after reaction to monitor structural changes that take place during partial oxidation of ethanol to acetaldehyde."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The results indicate a strong link between ketonic surface groups (C=O) on the SWCNTs surface and its catalytic activity for partial oxidation processes."

For more information on this research see: Partial oxidation of ethanol to acetaldehyde over surface-modified single-walled carbon nanotubes. Applied Catalysis A-General, 2014;469():8-17. Applied Catalysis A-General can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands (see also Ethanol).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting I. Abdullahi, University of Western Ontario, Dept. of Civil & Environm Engn, London, ON N6A 5B9, Canada. Additional authors for this research include T.J. Davis, D.M. Yun and J.E. Herrera.

Keywords for this news article include: London, Canada, Ontario, Alcohols, Fullerenes, Acetaldehyde, Ethanolamines, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America, Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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