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Growth of Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using a Conditioning Catalyst

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Here we describe the effect of different synthetic conditions on the quality and purity of double- walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) with the aid of a conditioning catalyst. By lowering the reaction temperature down to 875 °C and utilizing a conditioning catalyst, increased purity and a decreased inner diameter of the DWNTs was achieved, while adverse results were observed with increasing reaction temperature. Based on detailed high-resolution transmission electron microscopy studies on the diameter distribution of the tubes, preferential growth conditions for DWNTs over single-wall carbon nanotubes are identified solely from increased carbon solubility considerations (caused by an increased portion of active carbon species by use of Mo) for the same distribution of metal particles.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2005.060

Publication date: March 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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