Carbon fibers from aromatic hydrocarbons

Isao Mochida, Seong Ho Yoon, Yozo Korai, Koichi Kanno, Yukio Sakai, Makoto Komatsu

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Carbon fibers synthesized from mesophase pitch fractions derived from low-cost hydrocarbons such as petroleum residuum, although cheaper than polyacrylonitrile-derived fibers, suffer from low mechanical strength. In the past few years, however, significant advances have been made in understanding the mechanism of formation of mesophase pitch, which may lead to improved performance for carbon fibers and other specialty carbons. This article introduces such advances, and suggests further areas for improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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