Jordan University of Science and Technology

Production of Carbon Nanotubes-Nickel Composites on Different Graphite Substrates

Authors:  Munther Issa Kandah and Jean-Luc Meunier

Multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were synthesized on different graphite types covered with thin layer of nickel catalyst by catalytic chemical vapour deposition using acetylene as hydrocarbon source. The produced carbon nanotubes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The shape, quantity and diameter of theMWCNTs are shown to be affected by the type of the graphite substrate, the growth temperature and the hydrocarbon source flow rate. The diameters of the produced MWCNTs were ranged between 43 and 80 nm for pyrolytic (PYROID) and polycrystalline (AXF-5Q) graphite, respectively when the growth temperature was 800 ?C and acetylene flow rate 570 cm3/min. This graphite containingMWCNTs can be used as a cathode in the Physical vapour deposition (PVD) systemto produceMWCNTs embedded in a Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coating.