A new research conducted by the PlasCarb team managed to reveal important scientific discoveries. Firstly, microwave plasma splitting of biogas seems to be a promising technique to produce large quantities of highly sought-after carbon-based materials such as graphitic nano carbons. Secondly, these graphitic particles proved to constitute an excellent basis for conductive inks or coatings. The substance has been tested against the properties of the commercially available carbon black and the results have shown that it can indeed perform equally to its competitor while it could be generated from food waste, a renewable resource. Based on these findings, it is safe to say that through further exploration and exploitation this technology might be the key to warrant a steady supply of state-of-the-art graphitic materials in the face of growing demand.
The PlasCarb technology is a revolutionary way of repurposing abundant food waste by creating high quality graphitic nano carbons and thus offering an attractive alternative to the fossil-based carbon black. In light of the depletion of fossil resources, observations such as these are fundamental in order to achieve a green technology-based, fully functional yet sustainable industry.
To learn more about the research and test procedures, download the article here directly or have a look at the final study :
Ferdinand Hof, Katerina Kampioti, Kai Huang, Christèle Jaillet, Alain Derré, Philippe Poulin, Hisham Yusof, Thomas White, Krzysztof Koziol, Catharina Paukner , Alain Pénicaud (22. September 2016) : Conductive inks of graphitic nanoparticles from a sustainable carbon feedstock, in. Carbon (2016), available at : 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.09.052