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Lee, Young-Seak
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Carbon Letters aims to be a comprehensive journal with complete coverage of carbon materials and carbon-rich molecules. These materials range from, but are not limited to, diamond and graphite through chars, semicokes, mesophase substances, carbon fibers, carbon nanotubes, graphenes, carbon blacks, activated carbons, pyrolytic carbons, glass-like carbons, etc. Papers on the secondary production of new carbon and composite materials from the above mentioned various carbons are within the scope of the journal. Papers on organic substances, including coals, will be considered only if the research has close relation to the resulting carbon materials. Carbon Letters also seeks to keep abreast of new developments in their specialist fields and to unite in finding alternative energy solutions to current issues such as the greenhouse effect and the depletion of the ozone layer. The renewable energy basics, energy storage and conversion, solar energy, wind energy, water energy, nuclear energy, biomass energy, hydrogen production technology, and other clean energy technologies are also within the scope of the journal. Carbon Letters invites original reports of fundamental research in all branches of the theory and practice of carbon science and technology.
 
CURRENT ISSUE : Vol. 24, Number 1, October, 2017
Study on properties of eco-friendly reduction agents for the reduced graphene oxide method
Young-il Na1,*, Young Il Song1,2,*, Sun Woo Kim1 and Su-Jeong Suh1,2,♠
using eco-friendly reduction agents in the graphene solution process. Hydrazine is generally used to reduce graphene oxide (GO), which results in polluting emissions as well as fixed nitrogen functional groups on different defects in the graphene sheets. To replace hydrazine, we developed eco-friendly reduction agents with similar or better reducing properties, and selected of them for further analysis. In this study, GO layers were produced from graphite flakes using a modified Humme...
Applications of carbon-based materials in solid phase micro-extraction: a review
Jian Guo1, Soo-Jin Park2, Long-Yue Meng1,3,♠ and Xinghua Jin1,♠
With continuous development in the field of sample preparation technology, solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) has been widely used in analytical chemistry for high extraction efficiency and convenient operation. Different materials lead to different extraction results. Among existing materials, carbon-based materials are still attracting attention from scientists due to their excellent physical and chemical properties as well as their modifiable surfaces, which could enhance the adso...
Effect of the surface modification using MWCNTs with different L/D by two different methods of deposition on the IFSS of single carbon fiber-epoxy resin composite
Minerva L. Herrera-Sosa1, Alex Valadez-González1, Humberto Vázquez-Torres2, Pierre G. Mani-González3 and Pedro J. Herrera-Franco1,♠
Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) with two different (L/D) aspect ratios (7±2 μm/140±30 nm and 0.5-2 μm/8-15 nm) were surface treated using nitric acid (HNO3) and polyethyleneimine (PEI) prior to their deposition on carbon fibers (CF). Before the hierarchical reinforcement with CF-MWCNT, the CFs were treated with 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane, a coupling agent (Z6040) and with poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) a dendrimer containing an ethylenediamine core and amine surface groups. The MW...
Catalytic hydrogenation-assisted preparation of melt spinnable pitches from petroleum residue for making mesophase pitch based carbon fibers
Dong Hun Lee1, Jisu Choi2, Young Se Oh2, Yoong Ahm Kim3,♠, Kap Seung Yang3,♠, Ho Jin Ryu4 and Yong Jung Kim5
We demonstrated an effective way of preparing melt spinnable mesophase pitches via catalytic hydrogenation of petroleum residue (fluidized catalytic cracking-decant oil) and their subsequent thermal soaking. The mesophase pitches thus obtained were analyzed in terms of their viscosity, elemental composition, solubility, molecular weight, softening point and optical texture. We found that zeolite-induced catalytic hydrogenation under high hydrogen pressure contributed to a large variat...
Improvement of gas sensing properties of carbon nanofibers based on polyacrylonitrile and pitch by steam activation
Jeongsik Kim1, Hyung-Il Kim1,♠ and Jumi Yun2
Polyacrylonitrile/pitch nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning as a precursor for a gas sensor material. Pitch nanofibers were properly fabricated by incorporating polyacrylonitrile as an electrospinning supplement component. Polyacrylonitrile/pitch nanofibers were activated with steam at various temperatures followed by subsequent carbonization to make carbon nanofibers with a highly conductive graphitic structure. Steam activation was effective in facilitating gas adsorption on...
Flexural, electrical, thermal and electromagnetic interference shielding properties of xGnP and carbon nanotube filled epoxy hybrid nanocomposites
Young Sil Lee1, Yeon Ho Park2 and Kwan Han Yoon2,♠
The microstructure, flexural properties, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of epoxy composites filled with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs), exfoliated graphite nanoplatelets (xGnPs) and CNT-xGnP hybrid filler were investigated. The EMI SE of the CNT-xGnP hybrid composite was higher than 25 dB at 100 MHz while that of the xGnP based composite was almost zero. The flexural modulus of the CNT-xGnP based...
A modified electrode by a facile green preparation of reduced graphene oxide utilizing olive leaves extract
Abeer Baioun, Hassan Kellawi and Ahamed Falah
Different phytochemicals obtained from various natural plant sources are used as reduction agents for preparing gold, copper, silver and platinum nanoparticles. In this work a green method of reducing graphene oxide (rGO) by an inexpensive, effective and scalable method using olive leaf aqueous extract as the reducing agent, was used to produce rGO. Both GO and rGO were prepared and investigated by ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared, scanning electron mic...
Preparation of photoresist-derived carbon micropatterns by proton ion beam lithography and pyrolysis
Hui-Gyun Nam1, Jin-Mook Jung1, In-Tae Hwang2, Junhwa Shin2, Chang-Hee Jung2,♠ and Jae-Hak Choi1,♠
Carbon micropatterns (CMs) were fabricated from a negative-type SU-8 photoresist by proton ion beam lithography and pyrolysis. Well-defined negative-type SU-8 micropatterns were formed by proton ion beam lithography at the optimized fluence of 1×1015 ions cm-2 and then pyrolyzed to form CMs. The crosslinked network structures formed by proton irradiation were converted to pseudo-graphitic structures by pyrolysis. The fabricated CMs showed a good electrical conduc...
Relationships between dielectric properties and characteristics of impregnated and activated samples of potassium carbonate- and sodium hydroxide-modified palm kernel shell for microwave-assisted activation
Norulaina Alias1, Muhammad Abbas Ahmad Zaini1,2,♠ and Mohd Johari Kamaruddin2
The aim of this work was to evaluate the dielectric properties of impregnated and activated palm kernel shells (PKSs) samples using two activating agents, potassium carbonate (K2CO3) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH), at three impregnation ratios. The materials were characterized by moisture content, carbon content, ash content, thermal profile and functional groups. The dielectric properties were examined using an open-ended coaxial probe method at various microwave f...
Interconnected meso/microporous carbon derived from pumpkin seeds as an efficient electrode material for supercapacitors
Mayakrishnan Gopiraman1, Somasundaram Saravanamoorthy2, Seung-Hyun Kim1 and Ill-Min Chung1,♠
Interconnected meso/microporous activated carbons were prepared from pumpkin seeds using a simple chemical activation method. The porous carbon materials were prepared at different temperatures (PS-600, PS-700, PS-800, and PS-900) and demonstrated huge surface areas (645-2029 m2 g-1) with excellent pore volumes (0.27-1.30 cm3 g-1). The wellcondensed graphitic structure of the prepared activated carbon materials was confirmed by Raman and X-r...
Physicochemical properties and methane adsorptionperformance of activated carbon nanofibers withdifferent types of metal oxides
Faten Ermala Che Othman1, Norhaniza Yusof1,♠, Hasrinah Hasbullah1, Juhana Jaafar1, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail1 and Noor Shawal Nasri2
In this study, composite PAN-based ACNFs embedded with MgO and MnO2 were prepared by the electrospinning method. The resultant pristine ACNFs, ACNF/MgO and ACNF/MnO2 were characterized in terms of their morphological changes, SSA, crystallinity and functional group with FESEM-EDX, the BET method, XRD and FTIR analysis, respectively. Results from this study showed that the SSA of the ACNF/MgO composite (1893 m2 g-1) is significantly higher th...
Optical sensitivity of DNA-dispersed single-walled carbon nanotubes within cement composites under mechanical load
Jin Hee Kim1, Inkyu Rhee2,♠, Yong Chae Jung3, Sumin Ha4 and Yoong Ahm Kim4,♠
We demonstrated the sensitivity of optically active single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with a diameter below 1 nm that were homogeneously dispersed in cement composites under a mechanical load. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was selected as the dispersing agent to achieve a homogeneous dispersion of SWCNTs in an aqueous solution, and the dispersion state of the SWCNTs were characterized using various optical tools. It was found that the addition of a large amount of DNA prohibited t...
Graphitization of PAN-based carbon fibers by CO2 laser irradiation
Liangbo Yao1, Weimin Yang1, Sanyang Li1, Yang Sha2, Jing Tan1,♠, Ying An1 and Haoyi Li1
Graphite fibers are materials with a high specific modulus that have attracted much interest in the aerospace industry, but their high manufacturing cost and low yield are still problems that prevent their wide applications in practice. This paper presents a laser-based process for graphitization of carbon fiber (CF) and explores the effect of laser radiation on the microstructure of CF. The obtained Raman spectra indicate that the outer surface of CF evolves from turbostratic structu...
Synthesis and physicochemical characterization of NixZnx- Fe2O4/MWCNT nanostructures as enzyme mimetics with peroxidase-like catalytic activity
Navvabeh Salarizadeh1, Minoo Sadri1,♠, Hassan Hosseini2 and Reza. H. Sajedi3
Carbon-based magnetic nanostructures in several instances have resulted in improved physicochemical and catalytic properties when compared to multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and magnetic nanoparticles. In this study, magnetic MWCNTs with a structure of NixZnx- Fe2O4/MWCNT as peroxidase mimics were fabricated by the one-pot hydrothermal method. The structure, composition and morphology of the nanocomposites were characterized with X-ray ...
The electrical and heating properties of copper-incorporated graphite fibers fabricated using different ultrasonication techniques
Kyeong Min Lee1, Min-Ji Kim1, Hanjoo Jo1, Sang Young Yeo2 and Young-Seak Lee1,♠