Yakovlev, Vadim V.
Zozulya, Alex A.
Microwave-assisted chemical reactions offer many attractive benefits. A new technique for microwave-enabled production of graphene demonstrates a very short reaction time and the potential for low-cost mass production. Further development of this technique requires inefficient and expensive trial-and-error experiments. This MQP aims to facilitate the mass production of graphene through dedicated modeling. The introduced models: predict 3D temperature inside high viscosity reactant by solving electromagnetic-thermal coupled problem by FDTD technique; estimate average temperature of well-stirred liquids; and study the selective heating effect through modeling temperatures of two components of the reactant. The models can be used to guide microwave-assisted production of new nanomaterials.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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