Dual Catalytic Purpose of the Tungsten Filament During the Synthesis of Single-Helix Carbon Microcoils by Hot-Wire CVD
Abstract:We report on the deposition of crystalline single-helix carbon microcoils, in the as-deposited state, by the hot-wire chemical vapor deposition process without any special preparation of nano-sized transition metal catalysts and subsequent post-deposition annealing. Tungsten, originating from the heated tungsten filament, is identified as the catalyst material responsible for the growth of the microcoils. High-resolution transmission spectroscopy, combined with Raman spectroscopy, confirm that the as-deposited microcoils are crystalline, which is induced by the high deposition temperature in the vicinity of the heated filament. These results suggest a simplified, less tedious deposition process for the growth of carbon microcoils, once the process has been optimized.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 2009
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