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The Influence of Argon Dilution on the Formation of Carbon Nanotubes in Anodic Aluminum Oxide Pores

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The effect of argon on the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) pores was investigated. A thin layer of Co was electrodeposited at the bottom of pores. The CNTs were grown using hot filament chemical vapour deposition by decomposing a mixture of C2H2:H2 on a tungsten filament. Argon was used as diluent to this mixture and its content was varied keeping C2H2:H2 ratio constant. It was observed that the Ar content affects the growth, density and morphology of the CNTs. Ultra-high resolution field emission microscopic (UHR-FESEM) and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) observation shows fine tubular multi-wall structure with diameter of ∼20 nm. Two prominent Raman peaks are observed at 1330 cm−1 (D band) and 1600 cm−1 (G band). The ratio of peak intensities (ID/IG) was decreased from 2.0 to 0.83 with increasing argon content, indicating that the amount of disordered/amorphous carbon decreased with increasing ratio of Ar. Photoelectron spectroscopic results indicated that when the Ar-content is below 70%, the C 1s peak is centered at 284.4 eV and above this, a shift is observed towards a lower binding energy, centered at 283.8 eV. The effect of C2 dimer as a dominant growth species is discussed.
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Keywords: CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION; CNT; PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY; SEM; TEM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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