Liu, Jun and Harris, Andrew T. (2010) Synthesis of coiled carbon nanotubes on Co/Al2O3 catalysts in a fluidised-bed. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12 (2). pp. 645-653.
Mixtures of regularly coiled and straight multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were synthesised on alumina supported Co catalysts prepared by pH controlled, wet impregnation. The synthesis reaction was performed under C2H2:H2:N2 at 750Â Â°C in a fluidised-bed for 30Â min. Scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy shows good distribution of the active Co particles on the surface of the alumina support. Determined from 10 individual SEM images from the same product batch, the CNTs present are typically from 10 to 40Â nm in diameter. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Raman spectroscopy indicate the total oxidative weight loss is independent of pH during catalyst preparation. This study is the first to report the use of a fluidised-bed for the synthesis of coiled MWNTs, using alumina supported Co catalysts.
|Subjects:||Physical Science > Nanophysics|
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
|Divisions:||Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics|
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
|Deposited On:||10 Feb 2010 10:02|
|Last Modified:||10 Feb 2010 10:02|
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