Journal article

Patterned Forests of Vertically-Aligned Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Using Metal Salt Catalyst Solutions

David J Garrett, Benjamin S Flavel, Keith HR Baronian, Alison J Downard

JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY | AMER SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHERS | Published : 2013

Abstract

A simple method for producing patterned forests of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) is described. An aqueous metal salt solution is spin-coated onto a substrate patterned with photoresist by standard methods. The photoresist is removed by acetone washing leaving the acetone-insoluble catalyst pattern on the substrate. Dense forests of vertically aligned (VA) MWCNTs are grown on the patterned catalyst layers by chemical vapour deposition. The procedures have been demonstrated by growing MWCNT forests on two substrates: silicon and conducting graphitic carbon films. The forests adhere strongly to the substrates and when grown directly on carbon film, offer a simple method of preparing MWC..

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