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    • ISSN: 1793-8198
    • Frequency: Quarterly
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJMMM
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. K. M. Gupta, Prof. Ian McAndrew
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Prof. Ian McAndrew
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, UK.
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IJMMM 2016 Vol.4(3): 183-186 ISSN: 1793-8198
DOI: 10.7763/IJMMM.2016.V4.252

Exposure of Carbon Nanotubes Fabricated by Template-Assisted CVD through a Two-Step Method

Yuqin Yao, Quan Xu, Yinjie Cen, Boquan Li, and Jianyu Liang
Abstract—Well aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are highly desirable for various studies and applications. Template-assisted chemical vapor deposition has been widely used. However, post growth surface cleaning to remove the junk carbon on sample surface and expose CNTs still relies on either capital intensive facilities or ‘hard to control’ processes. In the letter, we report a mechanical polishing method to remove the amorphous carbon layer. Compared to other conventional surface cleaning methods, mechanical polishing is relatively straightforward, much easier to scale up and does not require expensive instruments. Combined with a wet-etching step, highly ordered CNT arrays were reliably obtained. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy were employed to investigate the surface morphology and roughness and to optimize the processing conditions.

Index Terms—Carbon nanotubes, template-assisted, CVD.

Yuqin Yao, Yinjie Cen, Boquan Li, and Jianyu Liang are with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, USA (e-mail: yaoyu9115@gmail.com, ycen@wpi.edu, boquanli@wpi.edu, jianyul@wpi.edu).
Quan Xu was with University of North Texas, TX, USA. He is now with China University of Petroleum, Beijing, 102249, China (e-mail: xuquan@cup.edu.cn).

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Cite: Yuqin Yao, Quan Xu, Yinjie Cen, Boquan Li, and Jianyu Liang, "Exposure of Carbon Nanotubes Fabricated by Template-Assisted CVD through a Two-Step Method," International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 183-186, 2016.

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