Carbon nanotube synthesis in a flame with independently prepared laser-ablated catalyst particles

Randy Lee Vander Wal, Gordon M. Berger, Thomas M. Ticich

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Abstract

Laser ablation has been used ex situ to create metal nanoparticles for introduction into a reactive pyrolysis flame. By prior synthesis of the metal nanoparticles, the effects of the reactive gases can be clearly separated from the pyrolysis chemistry of a solvent carrier, as when nebulized solutions are used. Moreover, varying reactivity issues associated with particle growth and size are bypassed. Our results show that Fe selectively reacts with CO to produce nanotubes, whereas Ni selectively reacts with C 2H 2 to produce nanofibers. These observations are interpreted through the donation and withdrawal of electron density between the adsorbate's molecular orbitals and surface atoms of the metal nanoparticle. The rate of reaction of Ni with only C 2H 2 is found to be greater than the rate with C 2H 2 and CO. This suggests that CO inhibits the Ni-catalyzed reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2003

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Metal Nanoparticles
Carbon Nanotubes
Metal nanoparticles
Carbon Monoxide
Carbon nanotubes
Lasers
Catalysts
Pyrolysis
Nanofibers
Nanotubes
Laser Therapy
Molecular orbitals
Laser ablation
Adsorbates
Particle Size
Carrier concentration
Gases
Electrons
Atoms
Growth

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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In: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol. 3, No. 3, 06.2003, p. 241-245.

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