Tuesday, December 19, 2006

US Patent 7150863 - Indene Based Fullerene Fabrication


In the search for cheaper manufacturing methods for fullerene material such as buckyballs and nanotubes combustion based methods have been explored. This patent claims the use of Indene (C9H8) in such combustion processes. Claim 1 reads:

1. A method for making fullerenes or other carbon nanomaterials which comprises the steps of: (a) burning a multiple-ring aromatic hydrocarbon fuel comprising indene; and (b) collecting condensables containing carbon nanomaterials produced by burning the multiple-ring aromatic hydrocarbon fuel.