Ethylene flame synthesis of well-aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes

Liming Yuan, Kozo Saito, Wenchong Hu, Zhi Chen

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A stainless steel grid baked by a propane-air premixed flame had iron, chromium and nickel oxide deposits on the grid surface. With this grid, entangled and curved shape multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were harvested from an ethylene-air diffusion flame with yield rate of 3 mg/min. Nitrogen addition to the flame was found to straighten the entangled tubes probably by lowering the flame temperature. A cobalt-electrodeposited stainless steel grid was finally applied to the nitrogen-diluted ethylene diffusion flame; well-aligned and well-graphitized carbon nanotubes consisting of 20 nm diameter and 10 μm long element tubes were obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-28
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 28 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was sponsored by National Science Foundation under the MRSEC program (DMR-9809686). We would like to acknowledge the valuable comments from Professor F.A. Williams and Professor A.S. Gordon. We also acknowledge Bob Gregory for his editing work.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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