In Dr. Liu’s Nanomaterials lab, the synthesis and applications of Carbon Nanofiber (CNF) were explored. CNF has similar applications to the Carbon Nanotube (CNT), however in comparison it is easier to process/functionalize, due to its larger pore size, and is a lower overall cost.
Carbon Nanofiber can act as a supercapacitor, facilitating paper based electronics (film transistors, active matrix displays, sensors, and radio-frequency identification devices). To explore these applications, the first step was to synthesize CNF. This was done with the following steps:
The product is shown in the gallery above.