Growth of diameter-controlled carbon nanotubes using monodisperse nickel nanoparticles obtained with a differential mobility analyzer

Shintaro Sato, Akio Kawabata, Mizuhisa Nihei, Yuji Awano

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Diameter-controlled multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) have been grown by hot-filament chemical vapor deposition using nickel nanoparticles as catalyst. The nanoparticles were generated by laser ablation, classified with a differential mobility analyzer, and deposited onto silicon substrate. The particle size is tunable down to 2-3 nm, and particles with a geometric mean diameter of 5.1 nm (geometric standard deviation: 1.1) were used for carbon-nanotube growth. MWNTs were grown on the substrate using acetylene at 550°C. The particles did not coalesce during growth, and the MWNTs had outer diameters matching the particle sizes, indicating that the current method can produce diameter-controlled MWNTs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 5
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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