Abstract – Fe3O4 nanoparticles with a narrow diameter distribution having an average diameter of 10.33 nm ± 2.99 nm (average diameter ± standard deviation) were prepared by a precipitation method. The Fe3O4 nanoparticles were supported on MgO by mixing the MgO nanopowder with the required amount of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in water under extensive sonication. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were synthesized by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of methane over the Fe3O4/MgO catalyst. Transmission electron microscopy showed that a large number of SWCNT bundles of nearly uniform diameter were produced by the CVD method. The average diameter of the produced SWCNTs was ca. 1.22 nm. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that the weight loss was approximately 19% by oxidation of carbon in the temperature range of 400-680 oC. The ratio of the intensity of the D-band to the G-band was 0.03, indicating that the SWCNTs were well-graphitized.
Keywords – Single-walled carbon nanotubes, Chemical vapor deposition, Electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy
Corresponding Author: Liu Wei Wen
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