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Fractal and spectroscopic analysis of soot from internal combustion engines
Mohanachandran Nair Sindhu Swapna, SARITHA DEVI H V, RAJ VIMAL, Sankararaman S, 2018, original scientific article

Abstract: Today diesel engines are used worldwide for various applications and very importantly in transportation. Hydrocarbons are the most widespread precursors among carbon sources employed in the production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The aging of internal combustion engine is an important parameter in deciding the carbon emission and particulate matter due to incomplete combustion of fuel. In the present work, an attempt has been made for the effective utilization of the aged engines for potential applicationapplications in fuel cells and nanoelectronics. To analyze the impact of aging, the particulate matter rich in carbon content areis collected from diesel engines of different ages. The soot with CNTs is purified by the liquid phase oxidation method and analyzed by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, UV-Visible spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Thermogravimetric analysis. The SEM image contains self-similar patterns probing fractal analysis. The fractal dimensions of the samples are determined by the box counting method. We could find a greater amount of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in the particulate matter emitted by aged diesel engines and thereby giving information about the combustion efficiency of the engine. The SWCNT rich sample finds a wide range of applications in nanoelectronics and thereby pointing a potential use of these aged engines.
Keywords: Fractals, internal combustion engine, efficiency, soot, carbon nanoparticle
Published in RUNG: 30.06.2022; Views: 1320; Downloads: 0
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Camphor soot: A Tunable Light Emitter
Mohanachandran Nair Sindhu Swapna, SARITHA DEVI H V, Sankararaman S, 2018, original scientific article

Abstract: The work in this paper is the first report on the green synthesis of the blue light emitter from waxy, flammable solid collected from Cinnamomum camphora by controlled combustion for photonic applications. Analysis with field emission scanning electron microscope and high-resolution transmission electron microscope provides the morphology, whereas the thermo-gravimetric analysis gives the thermal stability of the soot. The optical and structural characterizations are done by recording UV–Visible, Photoluminescent, and Raman Spectrum. The CIE plot and the power spectrum of the sample show a blue emission at an excitation of 350 nm at room temperature with a quantum yield of 46.15%. The dependence of luminescent behavior on temperature and excitation wavelength reveals that the material is a tunable blue emitter. This green synthesis of the blue light emitter is highly significant, when the world is in search of a simple, phosphor-free, non-toxic, cost-effective material with good quantum efficiency
Keywords: camphor, soot, blue light emitter
Published in RUNG: 30.06.2022; Views: 1098; Downloads: 0
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Boron‑rich boron carbide from soot : a low-temperature green synthesis approach
Mohanachandran Nair Sindhu Swapna, H. V. Saritha Devi, Sankaranarayana Iyer Sankararaman, 2020, original scientific article

Abstract: Boron carbide is a promising super-hard semiconducting material for refractory applications ranging from the nuclear industry to spacecraft. The present work is the frst report of not only turning futile soot, containing carbon allotropes in varying composition, into boron-rich boron carbide (BC), but also developing it by a low-cost, low-temperature, and green synthesis method. The BC synthesised from gingelly oil soot is subjected to structural, morphological, and optical characterisations. The feld emission scanning electron microscope shows beautiful fower-like morphology, and the thermogravimetric analysis reveals the high-temperature stability of the sample synthesised. The Tauc plot of the sample indicates a 2.38 eV direct bandgap. The formation of BC and boron-rich carbide evidenced by X-ray difraction studies is confrmed through Raman and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic signatures of B–C and C–B–C bonds. The fuorescence, power spectrum, and CIE analyses carried out suggest the blue light emission for excitation at 350 nm
Keywords: boron carbide, soot, carbon nanoparticle, refractory, allotropes, green synthesis
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