Nitrogen-containing multiwalled nanotubes (N-MWCNTs), formed by CVD from a nitrogen-containing feedstock have a 'bamboo' structure in which the axes of the graphene planes are not parallel to the axis of the nanotube and the core is periodically bridged. We find that thermal and chemical treatment of these materials can produce nanotubes that have been cut longitudinally in either a linear or in a spiral manner. In addition, these longitudinally cut nanotubes can be partially or fully unrolled by sonication in an aqueous surfactant, producing graphite platelets as well as narrow structures that could be thin graphite ribbons or very narrow, intact N-MWCNTs. These different morphologies of graphite, available from one source, suggest that there are multiple structures of N-MWCNTs present, few as simple as stacked cups or nested scrolls.
|Journal||Journal of Physics Condensed Matter|
|State||Published - Aug 4 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science (all)
- Condensed Matter Physics