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Production of fullerenic nanostructures in flames

United States Patent

5,985,232
November 16, 1999
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A method for the production of fullerenic nanostructures is described in which unsaturated hydrocarbon fuel and oxygen are combusted in a burner chamber at a sub-atmospheric pressure, thereby establishing a flame. The condensibles of the flame are collected at a post-flame location. The condensibles contain fullerenic nanostructures, such as single and nested nanotubes, single and nested nanoparticles and giant fullerenes. The method of producing fullerenic soot from flames is also described.
Howard; Jack B. (Winchester, MA), Vander Sande; John B. (Newbury, MA), Chowdhury; K. Das (Cambridge, MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
08/ 712,151
September 11, 1996
This invention was made with United States government support under Contract Number DE-FG-84ER13282 awarded by the Department of Energy. The United States government may have certain rights in the invention.