Transmission electron microscopy of carbon nanomaterials



A UWA spin-off company (HAZER Pty Ltd) has been formed to commercialise a patented technology that cracks natural gas into hydrogen and valuable carbon nanoparticles, without generating carbon dioxide, and without energy requirements in excess of the energy content of the hydrogen produced. The invention required extensive use of electron microscopy facilities at the UWA Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) to understand and optimise the catalytic process and the resulting carbon nanomaterials. The technique was developed by UWA chemical engineer Prof Hui Tong Chua and his team with the electron microscopy work conducted in collaboration with the CMCA’s Prof Martin Saunders.
This dataset contains outcomes from the Honours research project of Rahi Varsani related to the use of transmission electron microscopy to characterise the shape, size and structure of catalyst materials and carbon nanomaterials resulting from the catalytic cracking of methane.
Discipline: Physical Science
Technique: SEM
Instrument: JEOL 2100
JEOL 3000
Zeiss Supra 1555
Date made available21 Oct 2012
PublisherThe University of Western Australia
Date of data production1 Mar 2009 - 31 Oct 2009
Geographical coverageUWA Crawley Campus


  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Carbon nanomaterials
  • Atomic structure
  • Composition
  • High resolution TEM
  • Energy-filtered TEM
  • Electron Energy-loss Spectroscopy
  • Electron diffraction

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