Upscaling potential of the CVD stacking growth method to produce dimensionally-controlled and catalyst-free multi-walled carbon nanotubes

D. Mata*, R. M. Silva, A. J.S. Fernandes, F. J. Oliveira, P. M.F.J. Costa, R. F. Silva

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Abstract

Multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs) with structural characteristics optimised for bio-applications have been produced using a catalyst-supported chemical vapour deposition (CVD) method. The upscale potential of the process was demonstrated by combining classical semi-continuous and stacked-growth modes. The vertically aligned MWCNT films thus obtained were multi-layered with five continuous strata of well-structured nanotubes. Following gentle disentanglement, the stacks were converted to individual MWCNTs with short dimensions (a final length and diameter of ∼1.2 μm and ∼12 nm) and almost catalyst-free (<0.04%). Overall, our process produces dispersed, bio-tailored MWCNTs with an output growth-yield 20 times higher than a standard CVD setup and exempt of complex or destructive post-growth steps of purification and separation. These constitute key steps towards the mass production of MWCNTs with low toxicological risks, an essential prerequisite for biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3585-3606
Number of pages22
JournalCarbon
Volume50
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science

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