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Thin-film metal catalyst for the production of multi-wall and single-wall carbon nanotubes

Lacerda, RG and Teo, KBK and Teh, AS and Yang, MH and Dalal, SH and Jefferson, DA and Durrell, JH and Rupesinghe, NL and Roy, D and Amaratunga, GAJ and Milne, WI and Wyczisk, F and Legagneux, P and Chhowalla, M (2004) Thin-film metal catalyst for the production of multi-wall and single-wall carbon nanotubes. Journal of Applied Physics, 96. pp. 4456-4462. ISSN 0021-8979

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Abstract

We present a detailed study of the growth of multiwall and single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) by chemical-vapor deposition using a thin-film triple metal (Al/Fe/Mo) catalyst. Using Nanoauger spectroscopy, a full map of the metals in the sample surface is constructed and their evolution followed at different deposition temperatures. During the formation of SWCNTs at high temperatures (similar to1000 degreesC), the initial iron layer (similar to1 nm) is transformed into nanosized particles at the surface. In addition, the Al layer also plays a critical role during the annealing process by being altered into AlxOy particles. These particles act as a suitable underlayer to stabilize the nanosized Fe catalyst for nanotube growth. We also show that it is possible to resolve SWCNTs by mapping the areal intensity of carbon KVV Auger electrons. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CHEMICAL-VAPOR-DEPOSITION growth density methane networks
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div B > Electronics, Power & Energy Conversion
Div B > Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science
Div C > Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:28
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2021 20:41
DOI: 10.1063/1.1794359