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Organometallic precursor route to carbon nanotubes

A. Govindaraj1 / C. N. R. Rao1

1Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit and CSIR Center of Excellence in Chemistry, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur P.O., Bangalore 560 064, India


IUPAC Workshop on Advanced Materials (WAM II), Workshop on Advanced Materials, WAM, Advanced Materials, 2nd, Bangalore, India, 2002-02-13–2002-02-16

Citation Information: Pure and Applied Chemistry. Volume 74, Issue 9, Pages 1571–1580, ISSN (Online) 1365-3075, ISSN (Print) 0033-4545, DOI: 10.1351/pac200274091571, January 2009

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Multi-walled as well as single-walled carbon nanotubes are conveniently prepared by the pyrolysis of organometallic precursors, such as metallocenes and phthalocyanines, in a reducing atmosphere. Pyrolysis of organometallics alone or in mixture with hydrocarbons also yields aligned nanotube bundles with useful field emission properties. By pyrolyzing organometallics in the presence of thiophene, Y-junction nanotubes are obtained in large quantities. The junction nanotubes have a good potential in nanoelectronics. Carbon nano-tubes prepared from organometallics are useful for preparing nanowires and nanotubes of materials such as BN, GaN, SiC, and Si3N4.

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