Synthesis, Characterization and Application of Lithium intercalated boron nitride nanotubes
Hosmane, Narayan S.
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ABSTRACT: Synthesis of Lithium Intercalated Boron Nitride Nanotubes (Li-BNNT) was conducted in an attempt to gain access to their promising applications for electronics, lithium batteries, hydrogen storage, and supercapacitors. Through a series of reactions pure nanotubes intercalated with lithium are expected to show in the product. A variety of reactions are engineered to create optimal conditions for the product and the reaction is conducted at 700º or 800ºC with zinc acting as a catalyst. The products were then purified using hexane and characterized using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX). Further purification, functionalization, and application will be performed to access the promising applications that Li-BNNT offers.