Publications of IRIS Members
H. S. Yang, L. Zhang, X. H. Dong, W. M. Zhu, J. Zhu, B. J. Nelson, X. B. Zhang, "Precise Control of the Number of Walls Formed During Carbon Nanotube Growth Using Chemical Vapor Deposition", Nanotechnology, Vol. 23, January 2012.
We demonstrate a one-step approach for selecting the number of walls formed during carbon nanotube (CNT) growth by catalytic decomposition of CH4 over Fe–Mo/MgO catalysts. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and Raman spectroscopy analyses indicate that high purity single-walled, double-walled and triple-walled carbon nanotubes can be synthesized by tuning the Fe:Mo atomic ratio of catalysts. The results reveal that the concentration of Mo in the catalyst plays an important role in the size of catalyst particles and in the deposition rate of carbon atoms during CNT growth. Thus, the wall numbers of CNTs can be controlled precisely.
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