Carbon nanotube growth from titanium-cobalt bimetallic particles as a catalyst

Shintaro Sato, Akio Kawabata, Daiyu Kondo, Mizuhisa Nihei, Yuji Awano

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Bimetallic particles of Ti and Co have been used to grow multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) to study the effects of Ti on the growth. The particles were generated by laser ablation and size-classified with a differential mobility analyzer. Diameter-controlled MWNTs were grown on a silicon substrate from 5-nm particles by thermal chemical vapor deposition using acetylene at 510 and 610°C. Titanium has been found to enhance the MWNT growth significantly. There is an optimum Ti fraction for the growth, as confirmed by evaluation of the growth probabilities of MWNTs. A possible mechanism of growth enhancement by Ti is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-154
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jan 24
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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