Selective formation of metal nanoparticles on the sidewalls of carbon nanotubes

P. J. Li, Yang Chai, X. L. Zhou, Q. F. Zhang, J. L. Wu

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Pt and Au nanoparticles spontaneously form on the sidewalls of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in a selective manner. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) studies reveal that metal ions are first absorbed on the sidewalls of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and then are reduced by ethanol. This mechanism is tentatively proposed and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-383
Number of pages7
JournalFullerenes Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Ethanol
  • Metal nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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