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Production of Carbon Nanotubes-Nickel Composites on Different Graphite Substrates

Munther Issa K,ah1, Jean-Luc Meunier2

Corresponding author. Chemical Engineering Department, Jordan University of Science & Technology, P.O. Box 3030 – Irbid – 22110 – Jordan. Email:
Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Email

Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing 2009, 5(2), 123-136.


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 the MWCNTs 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℃ and acetylene flow rate 570 cm3/min. This graphite containing MWCNTs can be used as a cathode in the Physical vapour deposition (PVD) system to produce MWCNTs embedded in a Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coating.


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K,ah, M. I., Meunier, J. (2009). Production of Carbon Nanotubes-Nickel Composites on Different Graphite Substrates. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 5(2), 123–136.

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