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Controlled Growth of Carbon Spheres Through the Mg-Reduction Route

Liang Shi1*, Hailin Lin2, Keyan Bao1, Jie Cao1 and Yitai Qian1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, 230026, Hefei, People’s Republic of China

2 Department of Chemistry and Engineering, ZhongKai University of Agriculture Technology, 510225, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 5:20-24  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9436-1

Published: 19 September 2009


Hollow spheres, hollow capsules and solid spheres of carbon were selectively synthesized by Mg-reduction of hexachlorobutadiene at appropriate reaction conditions. X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectra reveal that the as-prepared materials have a well-ordered structure. A possible formation mechanism has been proposed.

Chemical synthesis; Carbon; Hollow spheres; Hollow capsules; Solid spheres