New nanotech from an ancient material: Chemistry demonstrations involving carbon-based soot

Dean J. Campbell, Mark J. Andrews, Keith J. Stevenson

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Abstract

Carbon soot has been known since antiquity, but has recently been finding new uses as a robust, inexpensive nanomaterial. This paper describes the superhydrophobic properties of carbon soot films prepared by combustion of candle wax or propane gas and introduces some of the optical absorption and fluorescence properties of carbon soot particles. Multiple demonstrations, appropriate for a variety of educational backgrounds, are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1280-1287
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume89
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Demonstrations
  • First-Year Undergraduate/General
  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • General Public
  • Hands-On Learning/Manipulatives
  • Interdisciplinary/ Multidisciplinary
  • Materials Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Public Understanding/Outreach
  • Surface Science

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