Catalyst size effects on the growth of single-walled nanotubes in neutral and plasma systems

Tam, Eugene & Ostrikov, Kostya (2009) Catalyst size effects on the growth of single-walled nanotubes in neutral and plasma systems. Nanotechnology, 20(37).

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The results of large-scale (∼109 atoms) numerical simulations of the growth of different-diameter vertically-aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes in plasma systems with different sheath widths and in neutral gases with the same operating parameters are reported. It is shown that the nanotube lengths and growth rates can be effectively controlled by varying the process conditions. The SWCNT growth rates in the plasma can be up to two orders of magnitude higher than in the equivalent neutral gas systems. Under specific process conditions, thin SWCNTs can grow much faster than their thicker counterparts despite the higher energies required for catalyst activation and nanotube nucleation. This selective growth of thin SWCNTs opens new avenues for the solution of the currently intractable problem of simultaneous control of the nanotube chirality and length during the growth stage.

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ID Code: 73841
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/20/37/375603
ISSN: 0957-4484
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 14 Jul 2014 01:00
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 23:19

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