Synthesis of millimeter-long vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays on aluminum oxide buffer prepared by layer-by-layer assembly of boehmite nanoplates

Haitao Wang, Chongzheng Na

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Abstract

To synthesize vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VA-CNT) arrays longer than a millimeter using chemical vapor deposition (CVD), aluminum oxide buffer has to be deposited on supporting substrates to prevent diffusion and aggregation of catalyst nanoparticles. Currently, reliable deposition has to be made using expensive and time-consuming e-beam evaporation or thermal sputtering. Here, we report a simple, low-cost, and scalable method for buffer preparation using layer-by-layer assembly of boehmite nanoplates followed by thermal annealing. On top of buffer prepared using this method, we have grown VA-CNT arrays consisting of CNTs with a length of 1.3(±0.1) mm, an inner diameter of 5.6(±1.3) nm, and a wall number of 4(±1) by using CVD with iron as catalyst and ethylene as carbon source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-729
Number of pages3
JournalCarbon
Volume66
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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