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Intercalation of molecules into graphite-nitrate

Vogelaar, A.M. (2010) Intercalation of molecules into graphite-nitrate. Bachelor's Thesis, Physics.

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Intercalation is enlarging the spacing between graphene layers as creating a bigger volume where the gas molecules such as hydrogen can be stored. In this project we focus on the intercalation of graphite-nitrate with stable/robust molecules, which can act as pillars in between the graphene layers. The molecules used here were C60, ethylene glycol, cyclohexane and adamantane, however, only for C60 and adamantane the intercalation was successful. The starting material was the β-crystalline form of graphite-nitrate, with a spacing along the c-axis of 6.61 Å. For C60 the spacing increased to 9.1±0.1 Å and for adamantane we found spacings of 20.05±0.03 Å and 10.39±0.04 Å. Further research has to be done concerning the intercalation of adamantane in graphite-nitrate to determine in which way these molecules bind to graphite-nitrate.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Physics
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:45
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:45

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