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Carbon nanotubes–Fe–alumina nanocomposites. Part I: influence of the Fe content on the synthesis of powders

Peigney, Alain and Laurent, Christophe and Dumortier, O. and Rousset, Abel Carbon nanotubes–Fe–alumina nanocomposites. Part I: influence of the Fe content on the synthesis of powders. (1998) Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 18 (14). 1995-2004. ISSN 0955-2219

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0955-2219(98)00141-1


Oxides based on a-alumina and containing various amounts of Fe (2, 5, 10, 15 and 20 cat.%) were prepared by decomposition and calcination of the corresponding mixed-oxalates. Selective reduction of the oxides in a H2-CH4 atmosphere produces nanometric Fe particles which are active for the in-situ nucleation and growth of carbon nanotubes. These form bundles smaller than 100 nm in diameter and several tens of micrometers long. However, the carbon nanotubes-Fe-Al2O3 nanocomposite powders may also contain Fe carbide nanoparticles as well as undesirable thick, short carbon tubes and thick graphene layers covering the Fe/Fe carbide nanoparticles. The influence of the Fe content and the reduction temperature on the composition and micro/nanostructure of the nanocomposite powders have been investigated with the aim of improving both the quantity of nanotubes and the quality of carbon, i. e. a smaller average tube diameter and/or more carbon in tubular form. A higher quantity of carbon nanotubes is obtained using a-Al1.8Fe0.2O3 as starting compound, i. e. the maximum Fe concentration (10 cat.%) allowing to retain the monophase solid solution. A further increase in Fe content provokes a phase partitioning and the formation of a Fe2O3-rich phase which upon reduction produces too large Fe particles. The best carbon quality is obtained with only 5 cat.% Fe (a-Al1.9Fe0.1O3), probably because the surface Fe nanoparticles formed upon reduction are a bit smaller than those formed from a-Al1.8Fe0.2O3, thereby allowing the formation of carbon nanotubes of a smaller diameter. For a given Fe content (≤ 10 cat.%), increasing the reduction temperature favours the quantity of nanotubes because of a higher CH4 sursaturation level in the gas atmosphere, but also provokes a decrease in carbon quality.

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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
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Deposited By: cirimat webmestre
Deposited On:14 Mar 2014 08:40

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