Size-selected Ni catalyst islands for single-walled carbon nanotube arrays

Rider, Amanda E., Levchenko, Igor, Chan, Kevin K.F., Tam, Eugene, & Ostrikov, Kostya (2008) Size-selected Ni catalyst islands for single-walled carbon nanotube arrays. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 10(1-Sup), pp. 249-254.

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Abstract

Many properties of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) arrays are determined by the size and surface coverage of the metal catalyst islands from which they are nucleated. Methods using thermal fragmentation of continuous metal films frequently fail to produce size-uniform islands. Hybrid numerical simulations are used to propose a new approach to controlled self-assembly of Ni islands of the required size and surface coverage using tailored gas-phase generated nanocluster fluxes and adjusted surface temperatures. It is shown that a maximum surface coverage of 0.359 by 0.96-1.02 nm Ni catalyst islands can be achieved at a low surface temperature of 500 K. Optimized growth of Ni catalyst islands can lead to fabrication of size-uniform SWCNT arrays, suitable for numerous nanoelectronic applications. This approach is deterministic and is applicable to a range of nanoassemblies where high surface coverage and island size uniformity are required.

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ID Code: 73972
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Carbon nanotubes, Catalytic growth, Hybrid numerical simulation, Nanoislands, Self-assembly
DOI: 10.1007/s11051-008-9440-x
ISSN: 1388-0764
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 15 Jul 2014 04:08
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 22:44

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