Study on the Growth of carbon nanotubes with Different Fe precursor

M. K. Lai, N. M. Mohamed, K. M. Begam

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At present, extensive studies on the synthesis of aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are being carried out in order to determine the optimum characteristics required for applications in nanodevices. Past researches have shown that the growth of the CNTs is highly dependant on the catalyst used. The more common types of catalyst used are Ni, Fe, Co and metal alloys of these elements. Usually, the precursor of the catalysts used is either metal salts (together with support and calcined to form crystalline structure) or in solid form (using physical deposition method). The first method usually results in bulk CNTs while the later will produce vertically aligned CNTs film. However, not much work has been reported on the use of metal powder as the catalytic source. The objective of this work is to study and compare the crystallinity and morphology of the CNTs obtained via thermal CVD growth method, using Fe powder and pellet. Analyses performed include Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Although SEM images seem to indicate that the film thickness and overall morphology of the CNTs obtained in both setup are similar, the crystallinity of CNTs obtained with Fe pellets are better compared to those achieved using Fe powder.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanoscience and Nanotechnology
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2008
PublisherAIP Publishing
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780735406735
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009
EventInternational Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2008 - Selangor, Malaysia
Duration: 18 Nov 200821 Nov 2008

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceInternational Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2008
Abbreviated titleNano-SciTech 2008


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Catalyst
  • Chemical vapour deposition
  • Fe precursor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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