The morphology of carbon nanostructures obtained by 1,2-dichloroethane decomposition on the 90% Ni/Al2O3 catalyst under different reaction conditions was studied by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. A new carbon product was discovered, which received the name of feathery carbon. The product has an extremely loose disordered structure consisting of separate fragments of a graphite-like phase. The structural disordering is assumed to be caused by the variation of chlorohydrocarbon decomposition conditions on the frontal face of the metal particle. This changes the character of carbon atom diffusion from the frontal face to the backside face of the nickel particles and finally results in a feathery morphology of the carbon phase. The specific surface area of feathery carbon is 300-400 m 2/g.
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