A group of researchers from USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia) have successfully created a new method for the production of carbon nanotubes. The new method is capable of reducing the price of carbon nanotubes from US $ 100-700 to just US $ 15-35 per gram, a price well below world market prices.
The method, known as the continuous carbon nanotube production method using a rotating reactor, is the first to have been developed in Southeast Asia.
Carbon nanotubes are widely used in the production of end products, such as memory chips, rechargeable batteries, tennis rackets, badminton rackets, bicycles, composite materials for the manufacture of automobiles, airplanes, etc.
According to the director of the research team, Dr. Abdul Rahman Mohamed, a new rotation of the reactor system has been designed to allow continuous production of the carbon nanotubes without compromising their quality and authenticity.
"The system is capable of producing up to 1,000 grams of carbon nanotubes per day," he said.
And he added that, by operating in atmospheric conditions, the developed system is also environmentally friendly, cost-effective and does not require a large space for the operation of the reactor.