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Research And Development On Advanced Graphite Materials. Volume XXVII - Carbonization Studies Of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Report Number: WADD TR 61-72 Volume 27
Author: Lewis, I. C.
Author: Edstrom, T.
Corporate Author: Research Laboratory of National Carbon Company Division of Union Carbide Corporation
Laboratory: AF Materials Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1963-11
Pages: 40
Contract: AF 33(616)-6915
Project: 7350
Task: 735002
AD Number: AD0427129

The variation of graphite properties with chemical structure is illustrated for synthetic graphites prepared from 35 pure aromatic compounds. Detailed chemical and physical studies have been directed to the carbonization of two model aromatic hydrocarbons, acenaphthylene, and 9,9'-bifluorenyl. These compounds exhibit extremes in graphitization behavior and the chemical reaction mechanisms are found to be consistent with the nature of the final graphitic products.

Carbonization studies have been extended to the effects of aromatic quinone additives on the carbonization behavior of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Quinones are shown to effect a general increase in coking value of the polynuclear aromatics and of complex aromatic mixtures. The mechanisms of these interactions are discussed.

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