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Title: Multi-Instrument Characterization of the Surfaces and Materials in Microfabricated, Carbon Nanotube-Templated Thin Layer Chromatography Plates. An Analogy to ‘The Blind Men and the Elephant’

Herein we apply a suite of surface/materials analytical tools to characterize some of the materials created in the production of microfabricated thin layer chromatography plates. Techniques used include X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), valence band spectroscopy, static time-of-flight secondary ion spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) in both positive and negative ion modes, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), and helium ion microscopy (HIM). Materials characterized include: the Si(100) substrate with native oxide: Si/SiO2, alumina (35 nm) deposited as a diffusion barrier on the Si/SiO2: Si/SiO2/Al2O3, iron (6 nm) thermally evaporated on the Al2O3: Si/SiO2/Al2O3/Fe, the iron film annealed in H2 to make Fe catalyst nanoparticles: Si/SiO2/Al2O3/Fe(NP), and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) grown from the Fe nanoparticles: Si/SiO2/Al2O3/Fe(NP)/CNT. The Fe thin films and nanoparticles are found in an oxidized state. Some of the analyses of the CNTs/CNT forests reported appear to be unique: the CNT forest appears to exhibit an interesting ‘channeling’ phenomenon by RBS, we observe an odd-even effect in the ToF-SIMS spectra of Cn- species for n = 1 – 6, with ions at even n showing greater intensity than the neighboring signals, and ions with n ≥ 6 showing a steady decrease in intensity, and valence band characterization of CNTs using X-radiation is reported. Themore » information obtained from the combination of the different analytical tools provides a more complete understanding of our materials than a single technique, which is analogous to the story of ‘The Blind Men and the Elephant’. (Of course there is increasing emphasis on the use of multiple characterization tools in surface and materials analysis.) The raw XPS and ToF-SIMS spectra from this study will be submitted to Surface Science Spectra for archiving.« less
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34739; KP1704020
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Surface Interface Analysis, 45(8):1273-1282
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory