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A Model for Nucleation and Growth of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes via the HiPco Process: A Catalyst Concentration Study

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Using the High Pressure carbon monoxide (HiPco) reactor we conducted an experiment on the effects of changing the catalyst concentration. With each catalyst concentration tested the resulting raw HiPco material was characterized for average SWNT lengths, SWNT diameters, residual iron particle size, and large fullerene content. We were able to determine trends in each of these characteristics as the catalyst concentration was changed. As the catalyst concentration was decreased SWNT lengths increased, SWNT diameters increased, the residual iron particle size increased, and the large fullerene content decreased. From these trends we have developed a Competitive Growth model for nucleation and growth of SWNTs via the HiPco process.
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Keywords: CATALYST; GROWTH; HIPCO; NUCLEATION; SWNT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-07-01

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