Nitrogen-doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNxMWNTs) with multiple morphological defects were produced using a modified chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. In a typical CNxMWNTs synthesis by CVD, an acetone trap is used to catch organic by-products from pyrolysis. In the present work, an aqueous solution of NaCl (26.82 wt%) was used in the trap, instead of acetone. Carbon nanotubes with sharp tips and lumps were found in the products. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy showed the formation of nanoparticles of different shapes inside the nanotubes. The electronic and magnetic properties were studied using a physical properties measurement Evercool system (PPMS). With this simple change in the CVD-trap, it is possible to control the morphology of carbon nanotubes and metallic nanoparticles. Differences in gas flow are proposed as a possible mechanism to produce these changes in both nanoparticles and CNxMWNTs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Nano Research|
|State||Published - Jul 6 2014|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)