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Title: Facile Synthesis of Highly Aligned Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes from Polymer Precursors

Abstract

We report a facile one-step approach which involves no flammable gas, no catalyst, and no in situ polymerization for the preparation of well-aligned carbon nanotube array. A polymer precursor is placed on top of an anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane containing regular nanopore arrays, and slow heating under Ar flow allows the molten polymer to wet the template through adhesive force. The polymer spread into the nanopores of the template to form polymer nanotubes. Upon carbonization the resulting multi-walled carbon nanotubes duplicate the nanopores morphology precisely. The process is demonstrated for 230, 50, and 20 nm pore membranes. The synthesized carbon nanotubes are characterized with scanning/transmission electron microscopies, Raman spectroscopy, and resistive measurements. Convenient functionalization of the nanotubes with this method is demonstrated through premixing CoPt nanoparticles in the polymer precursors.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [3]
  1. Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA, Physical Science Department, Richard J. Daley College, Chicago, IL 60652, USA
  2. Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA, Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA
  3. Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA
  4. Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA
  5. Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA, Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales, Universidad de Cadiz, Puerto Real 11510 Cadiz, Spain
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1198238
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Nanomaterials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Nanomaterials Journal Volume: 2009; Journal ID: ISSN 1687-4110
Publisher:
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication:
Egypt
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Han, Catherine Y., Xiao, Zhi-Li, Wang, H. Hau, Lin, Xiao-Min, Trasobares, Susana, and Cook, Russell E. Facile Synthesis of Highly Aligned Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes from Polymer Precursors. Egypt: N. p., 2009. Web. doi:10.1155/2009/562376.
Han, Catherine Y., Xiao, Zhi-Li, Wang, H. Hau, Lin, Xiao-Min, Trasobares, Susana, & Cook, Russell E. Facile Synthesis of Highly Aligned Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes from Polymer Precursors. Egypt. doi:10.1155/2009/562376.
Han, Catherine Y., Xiao, Zhi-Li, Wang, H. Hau, Lin, Xiao-Min, Trasobares, Susana, and Cook, Russell E. Thu . "Facile Synthesis of Highly Aligned Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes from Polymer Precursors". Egypt. doi:10.1155/2009/562376.
@article{osti_1198238,
title = {Facile Synthesis of Highly Aligned Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes from Polymer Precursors},
author = {Han, Catherine Y. and Xiao, Zhi-Li and Wang, H. Hau and Lin, Xiao-Min and Trasobares, Susana and Cook, Russell E.},
abstractNote = {We report a facile one-step approach which involves no flammable gas, no catalyst, and no in situ polymerization for the preparation of well-aligned carbon nanotube array. A polymer precursor is placed on top of an anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane containing regular nanopore arrays, and slow heating under Ar flow allows the molten polymer to wet the template through adhesive force. The polymer spread into the nanopores of the template to form polymer nanotubes. Upon carbonization the resulting multi-walled carbon nanotubes duplicate the nanopores morphology precisely. The process is demonstrated for 230, 50, and 20 nm pore membranes. The synthesized carbon nanotubes are characterized with scanning/transmission electron microscopies, Raman spectroscopy, and resistive measurements. Convenient functionalization of the nanotubes with this method is demonstrated through premixing CoPt nanoparticles in the polymer precursors.},
doi = {10.1155/2009/562376},
journal = {Journal of Nanomaterials},
number = ,
volume = 2009,
place = {Egypt},
year = {2009},
month = {1}
}

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DOI: 10.1155/2009/562376

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