Formation of transition metal cluster adducts on the surface of single-walled carbon nanotubes: HRTEM studies

Irina V. Kalinina, Elena B. Bekyarova, Qingxiao Wang, Yas Fadel Al-Hadeethi, Xixiang Zhang, Faisel Al-Agel, Fahad M. Al-Marzouki, Saud Jamil Yaghmour, Robert C. Haddon

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We report the formation of chromium clusters on the outer walls of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). The clusters were obtained by reacting purified SWNTs with chromium hexacarbonyl in dibutyl ether at 100°C. The functionalized SWNTs were characterized by thermogravimetic analysis, XPS, and high-resolution TEM. The curvature of the SWNTs and the high mobility of the chromium moieties on graphitic surfaces allow the growth of the metal clusters and we propose a mechanism for their formation. © 2014 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalFullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jan 16 2014

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Acknowledgements: The synthetic work was performed with the financial support of the U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Micro-Electronics Activities under contract H94003-10-2-1003. HRTEM and XPS analyses of the materials were made possible with the financial support from King Abdulaziz University, KSA under grant No. 51-3-1432 / HiCi. Independent XPS measurements were recorded at UCR with an instrument funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant DMR-0958796.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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