Cyclopentadienyliron Dicarbonyl Dimer Carbon Nanotube Synthesis

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Brad R. Conrad, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Well-aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were synthesized from a cyclopentadienyliron dicarbonyl dimer precursor using chemical vapor deposition and were systematically characterized over a variety of growth conditions. The injection volume of the precursor was found to affect both the MWCNT diameter distribution and the amount of residual iron catalyst found in the sample. Low injection volumes produced relatively low impurity samples. Synthesized materials contained as little as 2.47% catalyst impurity by weight and were grown without predeposition of catalyst materials onto the substrate, reducing the need for damaging puri?cation processes necessary to remove the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy was used to investigate catalyst contamination, synthesized MWCNT diameters, and growth morphology. Additionally, transmission electron microscopy was employed to qualitatively examine nanotube wall formation and sidewall defects. Longer growth times resulted in a higher quality product. Raman spectroscopy was used in conjunction with thermogravimetric analysis to con?rm sample quality. The relative ef?cacy of the precursor and material quality are evaluated.

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Zeidell, Andrew M., Nathanael D. Cox, Shawn M. Huston, Jamie E. Rossi, Brian J. Landi, and Brad R. Conrad. 2015. “Cyclopentadienyliron Dicarbonyl Dimer Carbon Nanotube Synthesis.” Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 33 (1): 011204. [ISSN: 1071-1023]. Version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2014

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