Effect of catalyst concentration on the synthesis of MWCNT by single step pyrolysis Effect of catalyst concentration on the synthesis of MWCNT by single step pyrolysis

Effect Of Catalyst Concentration On The Synthesis Of MWCNT By Single Step Pyrolysis

B. V. Mohan Kumar1,3, Rajesh Thomas2, Ambily Mathew2, G. Mohan Rao2, D. Mangalaraj1, N. Ponpandian1, C. Viswanathan1*

1Department of Nanoscience & Technology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 046, India

2Department of Instrumentation & Applied Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India

3Government First Grade College, K.R. Pura, Bangalore 560 036, India


Adv. Mater. Lett., 2014, 5 (9), pp 543-548

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2014.592

Publication Date (Web): Sep 07, 2014

E-mail: viswanathan@buc.edu.in


Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) are synthesised by cost effective method of pyrolysing xylene (as hydrocarbon, precursor) in the presence of ferrocene (as catalyst) at 750oC. The so obtained MWCNTs has a length ranging from 90 µm to 300 µm and diameter ranging from 20 nm to 200 nm depending on the amount of ferrocene added to the xylene for the synthesis. The diameter of the MWCNT’s increased with the increase in ferrocene content in the precursor solution. Bigger agglomerates of iron particle lead to the growth of larger diameter MWCNTs. These MWCNTs with higher concentration of iron nanoparticles in it are useful for catalytic applications. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the as-synthesised MWCNTs showed a graphitic-like peak (002). Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) is utilized for its morphological analysis, Raman analysis showed the presence of D band (about 1350 cm-1) and G band (about 1580 cm-1) indicating high crystalline graphitic layers. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) studies in the transmission mode were carried out in the range 400 - 4000 cm-1 (peaks at 1386, 1639, 2363, 3434, 3747 cm-1 etc.) for bond stretching analysis. All the characterization processes were carried out before and after purification process. The MWCNT’s diameter and their distribution are studied with the help of ImageJ software using the FESEM micrographs.


Multiwall carbon nanotubes, single step pyrolysis, ferrocene, xylene

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