Ge catalytic growth of Carbon Nanotubes
A metal catalyst free growth method of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has been developed using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of CNTs on carbon implanted SiGe islands on Si substrates. From SEM and Raman measurements, the fabricated CNTs are identified as single wall CNTs (SWNTs) with diameter ranging from 1.2 to 1.6 nm. Essential parts of the substrate preparation after CVD SiGe growth and carbon implant are a chemical oxidization by hydrogen peroxide solution and a heat treatment at 1000°C prior to CNT growth. We believe that these processes enhance surface decomposition and assist the formation of carbon clusters, which play a role in seeding CNT growth. The growth technique is a practical method of growing metal free CNTs, opening up the prospect of merging CNT devices into silicon very-large-scale-integration (VLSI) technology.
- On the mechanism of carbon nanotube formation: the role of the catalyst.
- Metal-Catalyst-Free Growth of Silica Nanowires and Carbon Nanotubes Using Ge Nanostructures
- Metal catalyst-free growth of carbon nanotubes and their application in field effect transitors
- University of Oxford
- Prof. CH Kees de Groot
- David Smith (Physics)
- Bourdakos Konstantinos (Physics)
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