Ion-assisted precursor dissociation and surface diffusion : enabling rapid, low-temperature growth of carbon nanofibers

Denysenko, I. & Ostrikov, K. (2007) Ion-assisted precursor dissociation and surface diffusion : enabling rapid, low-temperature growth of carbon nanofibers. Applied Physics Letters, 90(25), p. 251501.

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Abstract

Growth kinetics of carbon nanofibers in a hydrocarbon plasma is studied. In addition to gas-phase and surface processes common to chemical vapor deposition, the model includes (unique to plasma-exposed catalyst surfaces) ion-induced dissociation of hydrocarbons, interaction of adsorbed species with incoming hydrogen atoms, and dissociation of hydrocarbon ions. It is shown that at low, nanodevice-friendly process temperatures the nanofibers grow via surface diffusion of carbon adatoms produced on the catalyst particle via ion-induced dissociation of a hydrocarbon precursor. These results explain a lower activation energy of nanofiber growth in a plasma and can be used for the synthesis of other nanoassemblies. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.

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ID Code: 73759
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1063/1.2750392
ISSN: 00036951
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 American Institute of Physics
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2014 00:21
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2014 01:12

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