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New Publication from University of Ulster

last modified Aug 23, 2016 03:06 PM
New publication from University of Ulster acknowledges EPSRC funding for the ANAM collaboration

Carbon nanotubes on Silicon nanocrystals (ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 8, 2016, 19012)

20th August 2016 by  

Carbon nanotube (CNT) growth has been demonstrated from partially oxidized silicon nanocrystals (Si NCs) that exhibit quantum confinement effects. We determine experimentally and explain with theoretical simulations that the Si NCs morphology together with a necessary shell oxide of ∼1 nm is vital to allow for the nonmetallic growth of CNTs. This contribution is of significant importance to the improvement of nonmetallic catalysts for CNT growth and the development of Si NC/CNT interfaces (ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8 (2016) 19012).