Carbon nanotubes production from real-world waste plastics and the pyrolysis behaviour


The investigation of the pyrolysis behaviour of real-world waste plastics (RWWP) and using them as the feedstock to produce carbon nanotubes (CNTs) could serve as an effective solution to address the global waste plastics catastrophe. This research aimed to characterize the pyrolysis behaviour of RWWP via thermogravimetric analysis (TG) and fast pyrolysis-TG/mass spectrometry (Py-TG/MS) analyses. Activation energies (131.04 kJ mol–1 -171.04 kJ mol–1 ) for RWWP pyrolysis were calculated by three methods: Flynn-Wall-Ozawa (FWO) method, Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS) method, and Starink method. Py-TG/MS results indicated that the RWWP could be identified as polystyrene (RWWP-1), polyethylene (RWWP-2), polyethylene terephthalate (RWWP-3, 4), and polypropylene (RWWP-5, 6). In addition, RWWP-1, 2, 5, 6 outperform RWWP-3 and 4 as sources of carbon for producing CNTs. The results showed a high carbon yield of 32.21 wt% and a high degree of CNT purity at 93.04%. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2023 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.]

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Advanced Materials
Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CCBY license ( The authors express their gratitude for the financial support received from the China Scholarship Council (reference number: 202009210017) and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research (Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant No 823745). They also acknowledge the financial backing from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No 22111530110, 22106104) and the International Exchanges project through the Royal Society (IEC\NSFC\201146).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbon nanotubes,Waste plastics,Pyrolysis behaviour,Product characteristics
Publication ISSN: 1879-2456
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 08:15
Date Deposited: 26 May 2023 11:14
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-07-01
Published Online Date: 2023-05-10
Accepted Date: 2023-05-01
Submitted Date: 2023-02-14
Authors: Zhu, Yuan
Miao, Jie
Zhang, Yingrui
Li, Chunchun
Wang, Yuanyuan
Cheng, Yi
Long, Mingce
Wang, Jiawei (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5690-9107)
Wu, Chunfei



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