The synthesis of carbon nanotubes and zirconium carbide composite films on a glass substrate

Lei Huang, Shu Ping Lau, Y. B. Zhang, B. K. Tay, Y. Q. Fu

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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and zirconium carbide (ZrC) composite films were directly grown on Zr-Fe coated glass by chemical vapour deposition. The Zr-Fe film not only acts as a catalyst to facilitate the nanotube growth, but also offers a template to form the ZrC phase. The Zr content in the Zr-Fe bimetallic catalyst can influence the carbon production rate so as to grow long CNTs, yielding a high aspect ratio. In comparison with CNTs grown on a pure Fe catalyst, the composite film promotes the growth of sparse and long nanotubes. Field emission measurements revealed that the composite film exhibits a relatively low turn-on field of 3.2 V μm -1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-666
Number of pages4
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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