Nickel catalyst-assisted vertical growth of dense carbon nanotube forests on bulk copper

Gowtam Atthipalli, Rigved Epur, Prashant N. Kumta, Mengjin Yang, Jung Kun Lee, Jennifer Lynn Gray

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Vertical growth of carbon nanotubes using thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is demonstrated on bulk copper substrates by first sputtering a thin Ni film on the surface of copper. Vertical growth of carbon nanotubes occurred when the nickel film thickness was 20 nm and the carbon nanotubes were grown using a xylene source and additional ferrocene catalyst during CVD. These results show the effectiveness of this method in directly integrating carbon nanotubes with highly conductive substrates for applications where a conductive carbon nanotube network is desirable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3534-3538
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 10 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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