Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2019
Volume 64, Number 2
Monday–Friday, March 4–8, 2019; Boston, Massachusetts
Session F34: Polymer Physics to Address the Dual Energy Challenge at Global Industrial Scale
11:15 AM–2:15 PM,
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
BCEC Room: 205A
Sponsoring Units: DPOLY FIAP
Chair: August Bosse, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Abstract: F34.00004 : A better future for fossil hydrocarbons and carbon nanomaterials*
1:03 PM–1:39 PM
Can we break this inefficient cycle and replace metals with materials made directly from hydrocarbons? Carbon Nanomaterials—primarily CNTs and graphene—offer an opportunity. They can be made via pyrolysis of methane and other hydrocarbons, with concurrent production of hydrogen. In the past decade, methods have been developed to convert CNTs and graphene into macroscopic materials (fibers, sheets, 3D structures) that could displace metals based on their properties—strength, electrical and thermal conductivity. In this talk, I will discuss why carbon nanomaterials could be great candidates to utilize natural gas on a very large scale (GT/yr) to make materials with zero CO2 footprint and positive hydrogen production. I will outline the scientific problems that need to be solved to realize highly-efficient synthesis and conversion of these materials and will present an estimate of the potential benefits of such a transition in our use of fossil hydrocarbons.
*This work is supported by AFOSR, DOE, and the Welch Foundation.
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