International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2569

Full Length Research Paper

Occurrence of carbon nanotube from banana peel activated carbon mixed with mineral oil

Mopoung S.
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, 65000, Thailand.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 February 2011
  •  Published: 04 April 2011



Banana peel activated carbon and 2% mineral oil mixture was used as a precursor for carbon nanotube and nanocarbon. The process of synthesis involves pyrolysis of precursors at 1000 to 1200°C in a closed stainless-steel tube (f 12.7 mm, 1.0 mm inches thick and lengths = 200 mm). The final products were analyzed using SEM, TEM and XRD. SEM and TEM investigation showed that the products consisted of a long straight carbon nanotube (outer diameter = 47 to 106 nm and inner diameter = 12 to 30 nm). The XRD studies revealed the presence of a graphitized carbon nanotube, which have Fe (metal) inside the hollow and the tip, in the pyrolytic products.


Key words: Carbon nanotube, banana peel, activated carbon, pyrolysis, mineral oil.