Solid-state synthesis of multiwalled carbon nanotubes

S. P. Doherty, D. B. Buchholz, B. J. Li, R. P.H. Chang*

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A modified high-temperature arc furnace was used to produce carbon nanotubes from carbon black by a solid-state transformation without a catalyst. The layer of carbon nanotubes thus formed was nearly pure with only a minor amount of carbon black particles. The properties of these nanotubes were found to be very similar to those produced by the conventional arc synthesis. Based on this process, a mechanism for the growth of these nanotubes is proposed. In addition, field-emission properties of these nanotubes were comparable to the properties of arc-grown carbon nanotubes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)941-949
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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