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Journal of Nanotechnology - Volume20162016, Article ID1538602, 10 pages -

Research Article

Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, 63000 Cyberjaya, Malaysia

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Group NANORG, Faculty of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia IIUM, Jalan Gombak, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein 2000, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nanotechnology and Catalysts Research Center NANOCAT, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Received 7 June 2016; Accepted 30 October 2016

Academic Editor: EnkeledaDervishi

Copyright 2016 Yehya M. Ahmed et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Carbon nanofibers CNFs were synthesized through nickel ion Ni

impregnation of powdered activated carbon PAC. Chemical Vapor Deposition CVD using acetylene gas, in the presence of hydrogen gas, was employed for the synthesis process. Various percentages 1, 3, 5, and 7wt. % of Ni

catalysts were used in the impregnation of Ni

into PAC. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope FESEM, Fourier Transform Infrared FTIR Spectroscopy, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analyzer EDX, Transmission Electron Microscopy TEM, Thermal Gravimetric Analysis TGA, zeta potential, and Brunauer, Emmett, and Teller BET were utilized for the characterization of the novel composite, which possessed micro and nanodimensions. FESEM and TEM images revealed that the carbonaceous structure of the nanomaterials was fibrous instead of tubular with average width varying from 100 to 200 nanometers. The PAC surface area increased from 101m

-g to 837m

-g after the growth of CNF. TGA combustion temperature range was within 400C and 570C, while the average zeta potential of the nanocomposite materials was 24.9mV, indicating its moderate dispersive nature in water.

Author: Yehya M. Ahmed,Abdullah Al-Mamun,Ahmad T. Jameel,Maan Fahmi R. AlKhatib,Mutiu K. Amosa,and Mohammed A. AlSaadi



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