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Structural Modification in Carbon Nanotubes by Boron Incorporation

Handuja, Sangeeta and Srivastava, P and Vankar, V. D. (2009) Structural Modification in Carbon Nanotubes by Boron Incorporation. Nanoscale Research Letters, 4 (8). pp. 789-793.


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We have synthesized boron-incorporated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by decomposition of ferrocene and xylene in a thermal chemical vapor deposition set up using boric acid as the boron source. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy studies of the synthesized CNT samples showed that there was deterioration in crystallinity and improvement in alignment of the CNTs as the boron content in precursor solution increased from 0% to 15%. Raman analysis of these samples showed a shift of ~7 cm−1 in wave number to higher side and broadening of the G band with increasing boron concentration along with an increase in intensity of the G band. Furthermore, there was an increase in the intensity of the D band along with a decrease in its wave number position with increase in boron content. We speculate that these structural modifications in the morphology and microstructure of CNTs might be due to the charge transfer from boron to the graphite matrix, resulting in shortening of the carbon–carbon bonds.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Carbon nanotubes - Boron - Scanning electron microscopy - Transmission electron microscopy - Raman spectroscopy - X-ray diffractometry
Subjects:Material Science > Nanofabrication processes and tools
ID Code:6536
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:27 Jul 2009 16:29
Last Modified:29 Jul 2009 10:10

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