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New method of carbon nanofibers synthesis for nanocatalysis applications

Alexey G. Tkachev 2Vladimir L. Negrov 2Vitalij S. Bormashov 1Evgeniy P. Sheshin 1Alexey V. Kovalchuk 1

1. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Institutskii Per. 9, Dolgoprudny 141704, Russian Federation
2. Tambov State Technical University, Leningradskaya Str. 1, Tambov 392000, Russian Federation


Due to their strong metal/support interaction, their high specific surface area and the absence of pores reducing the diffusion the carbon nanofibres (CNFs) are considered to be promising nanosized catalytic support materials [1]. In present contribution a new method of CNFs synthesis based on a catalytic pyrolysis of butane-propane mixture is proposed. Individual 3d-metals as well as their binary mixtures and alloys were used as catalysts. The CNFs synthesized in this way have the diameters of 8 to 80 nm, and the lengths up to 1 micrometer. All the fibres have curved shapes and the amount of inclusions does not exceed 2-3% after appropriate purification. Additionally to the nanocatalysis application, the use of the CNFs in the field emission cathodes and in the field ion sources is proposed and discussed.

Financial support by INTAS (project Ref. no. 04-78-7183) is gratefully acknowledged.

[1] F. Salman, C. Park and R. T. K. Baker, Catal.Today. 53 (1999) 385


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Presentation: Poster at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2006, Symposium B, by Evgeniy P. Sheshin
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2006

Submitted: 2006-06-19 12:19
Revised:   2009-06-07 00:44