Intercalation of lithium into graphite as the first step to produce carbon nano-tubes in an electrochemical way

J. Sytchev, N. Borisenko, G. Kaptay

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The mechanism of lithium electrochemical reduction from its molten chloride at two different electrodes - glassy carbon and graphite - has been investigated by the cyclic voltammetry method in terms of so-called 'thermodynamic' or 'material balance' reversibility. It has been shown that the adsorption of lithium on glassy carbon and graphite plays an important role in the overall process of reduction, especially at polarization rates below 1 V/s. Lithium intercalation, probably due to small lithium atomic radius, practically does not have influence on the reversibility at these polarization rates. The process of lithium deposition on the electrodes used may be complicated by the dissolution of lithium in the melt in the whole range of polarization rates applied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Publication statusPublished - Apr 25 2005
Event4th Hungarian Conference on Materials Science, Testing and Informatics - Balatonfured, Hungary
Duration: Oct 12 2003Oct 14 2003



  • Carbon nano-tubes
  • Deposition
  • Intercalation
  • Lithium
  • Lithium chloride
  • Reversibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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