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Title: Lignin-Derived Carbon Fibers

 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. ORNL
  2. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
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United States

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Chatterjee, Sabornie, Saito, Tomonori, and Bhattacharya, Priyanka. Lignin-Derived Carbon Fibers. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Chatterjee, Sabornie, Saito, Tomonori, & Bhattacharya, Priyanka. Lignin-Derived Carbon Fibers. United States.
Chatterjee, Sabornie, Saito, Tomonori, and Bhattacharya, Priyanka. 2015. "Lignin-Derived Carbon Fibers". United States. doi:.
title = {Lignin-Derived Carbon Fibers},
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  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and GrafTech International Holdings Inc. (GrafTech) have collaborated to develop and demonstrate the performance of high temperature thermal insulation prototypes made from lignin-based carbon fibers (LBCF). This was the first reported production of LBCF or resulting products at scale > 1 kg. The results will potentially lead to the first commercial application of LBCF. The goal of the commercial application is to replace expensive, foreign-sourced isotropic pitch carbon fibers with lower cost carbon fibers made from a domestically sourced, bio-derived (renewable) feedstock. LBCF can help resolve supply chain vulnerability and reduce the production cost formore » high temperature thermal insulation as well as create US jobs. The performance of the LBCF prototypes was measured and found to be comparable to that of the current commercial product. During production of the insulation prototypes, the project team demonstrated lignin compounding/pelletization, fiber production, heat treatment, and compositing at scales far surpassing those previously demonstrated in LBCF R&D or production.« less
  • The object of this CRADA project between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is the characterization of lignin-derived activated carbon fibers (LACF) and determination of their adsorption properties for volatile organic compounds (VOC). Carbon fibers from lignin raw materials were manufactured at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) using the technology previously developed at ORNL. These fibers were physically activated at ORNL using various activation conditions, and their surface area and pore-size distribution were characterized by gas adsorption. Based on these properties, ORNL did down-select five differently activated LACF materials that were delivered to UTRC formore » measurement of VOC adsorption properties. UTRC used standard techniques based on breakthrough curves to measure and determine the adsorption properties of indoor air pollutants (IAP) - namely formaldehyde and carbon dioxide - and to verify the extent of saturated fiber regenerability by thermal treatments. The results are summarized as follows: (1) ORNL demonstrated that physical activation of lignin-derived carbon fibers can be tailored to obtain LACF with surface areas and pore size distributions matching the properties of activated carbon fibers obtained from more expensive, fossil-fuel precursors; (2) UTRC investigated the LACF potential for use in air cleaning applications currently pursued by UTRC, such as building ventilation, and demonstrated their regenerability for CO2 and formaldehyde, (3) Both partners agree that LACF have potential for possible use in air cleaning applications.« less
  • Here, we report direct manufacturing of high-capacity carbon/silicon composite fiber electrodes for lithium-ion batteries produced via a flexible low-cost melt processing route, yielding low-cost stable silicon particles coated in situ by a 10 nanometer thick protective silica layer. Moreover, the core–shell silicon/SiO 2 islands are embedded in electrochemically active and electronically conductive carbon fiber derived from lignin precursor material. The silicon–silica–carbon composites exhibit capacities exceeding 700 mAh g -1 with Coulombic efficiencies in excess of 99.5 %. Finally, the high efficiency, stability, and rate capability are linked to the nanocrystalline structure and abundant, uniform nanometer-thick SiO 2 interfaces that aremore » produced during the spinning and subsequent pyrolysis of the precursor blend.« less
  • The production and application of low-cost, general purpose carbon fibers and activated fibers are emerging technologies with exciting potential, although at present their cost is too high to find widespread use. Production and R and D have been limited and to data, only a small range of precursors has been studied: petroleum pitches, coal extracts and coal tar pitches. Both processing costs and the properties of the fiber products are dependent on the nature of the starting material. Commercial precursors have been limited to the pitches produced from high temperature pyrolysis or cracking processes and are similar in composition andmore » molecular structure. Suitable coal-based precursors can be produced with a wide range of composition, and at moderate cost, by methods such as low temperature carbonization, solvent extraction, hydropyrolysis and mild coal liquefaction. It is of interest to investigate the synthesis of carbon fibers and activated carbon fibers from precursors of different origins to elucidate the influence of precursor materials on fiber formation and processing, and their structure and properties. It is also of practical importance to understand the relationships between the type of starting materials (for example, coals) and the processing methods, and the properties of fiber precursors that can be produced from them. In the present study, the authors describe the synthesis of carbon fibers and activated carbon fibers from the products of the first stage of coal liquefaction.« less