Uniform, dense arrays of vertically aligned, large-diameter single-walled carbon nanotubes

Han, Zhao Jun & Ostrikov, Kostya (2012) Uniform, dense arrays of vertically aligned, large-diameter single-walled carbon nanotubes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134(13), pp. 6018-6024.

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Abstract

Precisely controlled reactive chemical vapor synthesis of highly uniform, dense arrays of vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) using tailored trilayered Fe/Al2O3/SiO2 catalyst is demonstrated. More than 90% population of thick nanotubes (>3 nm in diameter) can be produced by tailoring the thickness and microstructure of the secondary catalyst supporting SiO2 layer, which is commonly overlooked. The proposed model based on the atomic force microanalysis suggests that this tailoring leads to uniform and dense arrays of relatively large Fe catalyst nanoparticles on which the thick SWCNTs nucleate, while small nanotubes and amorphous carbon are effectively etched away. Our results resolve a persistent issue of selective (while avoiding multiwalled nanotubes and other carbon nanostructures) synthesis of thick vertically aligned SWCNTs whose easily switchable thickness-dependent electronic properties enable advanced applications in nanoelectronic, energy, drug delivery, and membrane technologies.

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ID Code: 73632
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1021/ja300805s
ISSN: 1520-5126
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 09 Jul 2014 04:09
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 05:44

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