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dc.contributor.authorPutman, Kate
dc.contributor.authorSofianos, M.
dc.contributor.authorRowles, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorHarris, P.
dc.contributor.authorBuckley, C.
dc.contributor.authorMarks, Nigel
dc.contributor.authorSuarez-Martinez, Irene
dc.identifier.citationPutman, K. and Sofianos, M. and Rowles, M. and Harris, P. and Buckley, C. and Marks, N. and Suarez-Martinez, I. 2018. Pulsed thermal treatment of carbon up to 3000 °C using an atomic absorption spectrometer. Carbon. 135: pp. 157-163.

An atomic absorption spectrometer unit fitted with a graphite furnace module is used to perform high temperature treatment on three carbonized polymers: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN). Using short pulses up to 45 s, we heat small samples to a maximum of 3000 °C. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry are used to track the growth of crystallites in the materials as a function of the heating temperature. We observe the well-known behaviour of large crystalline graphite growth in PVC-derived samples and the formation of curved graphitic layers in PVDC- and PAN-derived samples. This graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometer approach is an attractive alternative to conventional laboratory-scale graphite furnaces in research of high temperature treatment of carbon and other refractory materials.

dc.titlePulsed thermal treatment of carbon up to 3000 °C using an atomic absorption spectrometer
dc.typeJournal Article
curtin.departmentSchool of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Science (EECMS)
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