Spectroscopic characterization of N-doped single-walled carbon nanotube strands: An X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and raman study

A. L. Elías, P. Ayala, A. Zamudio, M. Grobosch, E. Cruz-Silva, J. M. Romo-Herrera, J. Campos-Delgado, H. Terrones, T. Pichler, M. Terrones

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Abstract

We have studied in detail the carbon and nitrogen bonding environments in nitrogen-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). The samples consisting of long strands of N-doped SWCNTs were synthesized using an aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition method involving benzylamine-ethanol-ferrocene solutions. The studied samples were produced using different benzylamine concentrations in the solutions, and exhibited a maximum concentration of ca. 0.3%at of N, determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In general, we observed that the ratio between substitutional nitrogen and the pyridine-like bonded nitrogen varied upon the precursor composition. Moreover, we have observed that the sp 2-like substitutional configuration of the C-N bond does not exceed the 50% of the total N atomic incorporation. In addition, we have characterized all these samples using Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3959-3964
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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