Visualizing the growth dynamics of individual single-wall carbon nanotubes

Jakob Birkedal Wagner, Lili Zhang, Maoshuai He, Hua Jiang, Esko I. Kauppinen

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    Abstract

    In order to meet the increasing demand of faster and more flexible electronics and optical devices and at the same time decrease the use of the critical metals, carbon based devices are in fast development. Single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) based electronics is a way of addressing the environment friendly approach of faster and better electronics. In order to exploit the potential of SWCNTs in the electronic industry fully, selective growth of either conducting or semiconducting tubes is of high importance.
    Understanding the mechanism for growth of SWCNTs is of great importance for maximizing the quality and yield, and for the ability to control structure including chirality. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) gives unmatched detailed insight of the local chemical and structural state of the nanostructured materials. Adding the possibility of controlling the gaseous atmosphere around the studied sample at elevated temperature gives a unique way of monitoring gas-solid interactions such as CNT growth. Here we show the direct experimental evidence on the growth dynamics of SW-CNTs from Co/MgO catalysts using CO as carbon source inside the environmental TEM. The evolution of the interfacial structure of the catalyst and SWCNT are monitored during CNT growth.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2015
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event16th International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes - Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
    Duration: 29 Jun 20153 Jul 2015
    Conference number: 16
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    Conference16th International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes
    Number16
    LocationNagoya University
    CountryJapan
    CityNagoya
    Period29/06/201503/07/2015
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    Wagner, J. B., Zhang, L., He, M., Jiang, H., & Kauppinen, E. I. (2015). Visualizing the growth dynamics of individual single-wall carbon nanotubes. Abstract from 16th International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes, Nagoya, Japan.