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Open Access Vertically-Aligned Carbon Nanotube Growth Using Closely Packed Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

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A high density of catalyst nanoparticles is essential to grow vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs). We have grown vertically-aligned CNTs on silicon, thermally-oxidized silicon as well as alumina substrates by arranging iron oxide nanoparticles in two-dimensional close-packed structure with a density of 1.5 × 1012 cm–2. Use of toluene as solvent together with uniform diameter oxide nanoparticles is the key to obtain the close-packed configuration. Even after Ar/H2 annealing treatment, the density of the iron oxide nanoparticles remained as 7.0– 9.5 × 1011 cm – 2. We synthesized submillimeter-order heights of multi-walled CNTs on each substrate using acetylene as a carbon source for chemical vapor deposition.

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Keywords: CARBON NANOTUBES; HIGH DENSITY CATALYST NANOPARTICLES; IRON OXIDE; NANOPARTICLES; SPIN COATING; VERTICALLY-ALIGNED

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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