Gas-liquid coexistence curves terminate at their critical points, where second-order phase transitions occur. The specific heat and compressibility increase greatly as the fluid systems approach their critical points. As a result, thermal diffusion is suppressed and the perturbations of the temperature, pressure and density propagate as acoustic waves. In this paper, we irradiate near-critical benzene with a laser beam of 266 nm in wavelength, the energy flux of which is 1.3 and 3.9 mW mm-2, and show that benzene is dissociated and various carbon nano/microstructures such as carbon onions and coils are created. Carbon onions are produced in both subcritical (200°C) and supercritical (290°C) benzene, whereas carbon coils are produced on an alloy catalyst composed of (Fe:Cr:Ni = 74:18:8) in supercritical benzene irradiated with a laser beam of 3.9 mW mm-2. The operational temperature of the present method is much lower than that used in conventional carbon structure synthesizing methods and a large number of carbon structures, such as carbon onions and coils, are produced in supercritical benzene.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering