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Studies from Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Describe New Findings in Fullerenes

May 16, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Researchers detail new data in Fullerenes. According to news reporting out of Madrid, Spain, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Highly homogenous carbon nanotube (CNT)/silicon nitride (Si3N4) nanocomposites with high CNTs loadings, up to 22 vol.%, are developed through the in-situ synthesis of CNTs on the ceramic powders, and further densification using the spark plasma sintering technique."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), "The CNTs dispersion degree, the composite density, and their properties, especially the tribological ones, are evaluated and compared with those obtained for nanocomposites processed by the ex-situ method based on the mixing of nanotubes and ceramic powders in a solvent media. Fully dense in-situ 12 vol.% CNTs nanocomposites are 87% and 65% more wear resistant than monolithic Si3N4 materials and ex-situ nanocomposites, respectively, in the latter case due to the higher nanotubes dispersion and better mechanical properties attained by the in-situ process."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These new in-situ CNTs nanocomposites present multi-functionality and are promising for emerging applications, especially for gasoline direct injection systems."

For more information on this research see: Robust and wear resistant in-situ carbon nanotube/Si3N4 nanocomposites with a high loading of nanotubes. Carbon, 2014;72():338-347. Carbon can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Carbon -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Gonzalez-Julian, CSIC, Inst Ceram & Glass ICV, E-28049 Madrid, Spain. Additional authors for this research include A. Datye, K.H. Wu, J. Schneider and M. Belmonte (see also Fullerenes).

Keywords for this news article include: Spain, Madrid, Europe, Fullerenes, Nanocomposite, Nanotechnology, Carbon Nanotubes, Emerging Technologies

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Source: Science Letter