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Temperature threshold and water role in CVD growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes

By Junfeng eGeng, Marcelo eMotta, Volker eAngels, Jikui eLuo and Brian F. G. Johnson


An in-depth understanding of the growth process of single walled carbon nanotubes is of vital importance to the control of the yield of the material and its carbon structure. Using a nickel/silica (Ni/SiOx) catalyst we have conducted a series of growth experiments with a chemical vapour deposition (CVD) system. We find that there is a temperature threshold in the CVD process, and if the reaction temperature sets above this threshold there will be no growth of the nanotubes. In association with this temperature effect, water plays an important role in the promotion or termination of the growth of single walled carbon nanotubes

Topics: Chemical Vapour Deposition, temperature effect, Nickel catalyst, Single walled carbon nanotubes, Nanotube growth, water role, Technology, T
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.3389/fmats.2016.00004
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