Highly Ordered Carbon Nanotubes Based on Porous Aluminum Oxide: Fabrication and Mechanism

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Highly ordered carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are wildly pursued due to their unique properties. Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) exhibits great possibility for this purpose. Here, CNTs based on AAO template were produced using acetylene or ethylene as the hydrocarbon sources with or without the presence of Co catalysts. CNTs grown on the Co-embedded AAO samples were normally confined within the nanopores of the AAO template. It was found that C2 H4 normally requires 100 °C higher pyrolysis temperature than C2 H2 under otherwise identical conditions. The pyrolysis temperature is greatly reduced with the presence of Co catalysts. CNTs can grow out of the nanopores, if Co particles are present at the bottom of the nanopores and if the nanopores are short in length or large in diameter. The graphitization of AAO template grown CNTs was studied by Raman spectroscopy. The CNTs produced from ethylene are generally better in graphitization than those from acetylene, and the CNTs grown with the presence of Co catalysts deposited at the bottom of nanopores are better than those without Co catalysts or with Co catalysts coated on the entire inner wall of nanopores. The growth temperature is found not to play a critical role in graphitization.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2005.031

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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