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Continuous Production of IF-WS2 Nanoparticles by a Rotary Process

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF, UK
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Inorganics 2014, 2(2), 313-333; https://doi.org/10.3390/inorganics2020313
Received: 14 March 2014 / Revised: 6 May 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 13 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Inorganic Fullerene-like Nanoparticles and Inorganic Nanotubes)
This manuscript demonstrates the design, modification and initial investigation of a rotary furnace for the manufacturing of inorganic fullerene WS2 nanoparticles. Different preparation methods starting with various precursors have been investigated, of which the gas-solid reaction starting with WO3 nanoparticles was the most efficient technique. Furthermore, the influence of temperature, reaction time, and reaction gases etc. on the synthesis of inorganic fullerene WS2 nanomaterials was investigated, and these parameters were optimised based on combined characterisations using XRD, SEM and TEM. In addition, the furnace was further modified to include a baffled tube, a continuous gas-blow feeding system, and a collection system, in order to improve the batch yield and realise continuous production. This technique has improved the production from less than 1 g/batch in a traditional tube furnace to a few tens of g/batch, and could be easily scaled up to industry level production. View Full-Text
Keywords: IF-WS2 nanoparticles; large scale production; rotary process; WO3 nanoparticles IF-WS2 nanoparticles; large scale production; rotary process; WO3 nanoparticles
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Xu, F.; Wang, N.; Chang, H.; Xia, Y.; Zhu, Y. Continuous Production of IF-WS2 Nanoparticles by a Rotary Process. Inorganics 2014, 2, 313-333.

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