Synthesis and mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes produced by the water assisted CVD process

Catalyst activity during the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) growth by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is enhanced when water, a weak oxidizer, is introduced together with the carbon source. The height as well as the CNTs density can be controlled by fine-tuning the water content. The characterization of the mechanical properties of CNTs produced by the water assisted CVD process clearly indicates that high quality materials are produced. CNTs with diameter smaller than 12 nm exhibit Young's modulus higher than 400 GPa. (C) 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

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Physica Status Solidi B-Basic Solid State Physics, 246, 2457-2460
Presented at:
23rd Winterschool on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials, Kirchberg, GERMANY, Mar 14, 2009

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