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Customised transition metal oxide nanoparticles for the controlled production of carbon nanostructures

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Abstract

Monodisperse magnetite (Fe3O4) and cobaltous oxide (CoO) nanoparticles were synthesised using a fast (up to 50 times quicker than previously reported) and facile one-pot, one-step reaction. The Fe3O4 nanoparticles had a constant size between 5 to 7 nm independent of the reagents used. Size controlled cube shaped CoO particles in the range of 10–20 nm were formed and it was possible to create voids in these particles in a controlled way. Carbon nanotubes were grown on these catalyst particles and their structures were compared. Structures of the nanotubes differed between straight, bamboo-like or partly coiled depending on the nanoparticle system used, suggesting the possibility of selection of these structures.

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The article was received on 20 Dec 2011, accepted on 30 Jan 2012 and first published on 07 Mar 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA01324J
Citation: RSC Adv., 2012,2, 3748-3752
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    Customised transition metal oxide nanoparticles for the controlled production of carbon nanostructures

    K. Mandel, F. Dillon, A. A. Koos, Z. Aslam, F. Cullen, H. Bishop, A. Crossley and N. Grobert, RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 3748
    DOI: 10.1039/C2RA01324J

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