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Issue 40, 2011
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Methods for carbon nanotubes synthesis—review

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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been under scientific investigation for more than fifteen years because of their unique properties that predestine them for many potential applications. The field of nanotechnology and nanoscience push their investigation forward to produce CNTs with suitable parameters for future applications. It is evident that new approaches of their synthesis need to be developed and optimized. In this paper we review history, types, structure and especially the different synthesis methods for CNTs preparation including arc discharge, laser ablation and chemical vapour deposition. Moreover, we mention some rarely used ways of arc discharge deposition which involves arc discharge in liquid solutions in contrary to standard used deposition in a gas atmosphere. In addition, the methods for uniform vertically aligned CNTs synthesis using lithographic techniques for catalyst deposition as well as a method utilizing a nanoporous anodized aluminium oxide as a pattern for selective CNTs growth are reported too.

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The article was received on 20 May 2011, accepted on 18 Jul 2011 and first published on 16 Aug 2011

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1JM12254A
J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 15872-15884

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    Methods for carbon nanotubes synthesis—review

    J. Prasek, J. Drbohlavova, J. Chomoucka, J. Hubalek, O. Jasek, V. Adam and R. Kizek, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 15872
    DOI: 10.1039/C1JM12254A

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