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Title: Development of an aerosol-CVD technique for the production of CNTs with integrated online control
Author: Meysami, Seyyed Shayan
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2013
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This dissertation summarises the study of different aspects of the aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) technique for the production of multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Upscaling the synthesis while retaining the quality of MWCNTs has been a prime objective throughout the work. A key aspect of this work was the study of different growth parameters and their influence on the homogeneity of the products across the reactor. The effect of the precursor composition on the yield and quality of MWCNTs were also investigated. It was shown that the synthesis rate can be significantly (60 – 80 %) increased by tuning the composition of the precursor. Moreover, by optimising the synthesis recipe and using a larger reactor, the synthesis rate and efficiency of the precursor were increased fivefold (up to 14 g/hr) and twice (up to 88 %) respectively. Large area (up to 90 cm2), mm-thick carpets of MWCNTs which were both free-standing and on substrate were produced. The carpets could withstand normal handlings without tearing apart, making them suitable for macroscopic characterisations and applications. By in-situ qualitative and quantitative gas analysis of the atmosphere of the reactor, the thermocatalytic cracking behaviour of 25 precursors was investigated and a mechanism for successive formation of different hydrocarbon fragments inside the reactor was proposed. A number of dedicated gas analysis methods and apparatuses such as a probe for zone-by-zone gas analysis of reactor and a heated chamber for preparation of standard gas analysis samples were developed to explore some of the least investigated aspects of the thermocatalytic cracking of precursors. Mapping the reactor revealed that some single-wall and double-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs and DWCNTs) were also produced near the exhaust of the reactor. The SWCNTs were partly covered by fullerene-like species and resembled different forms of carbon nanobuds. In addition, the effect of the electron beam on the interaction of the SWCNTs and the fullerene-like species was studied in situ using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM).
Supervisor: Grobert, Nicole Sponsor: EU-FP7 ; Royal Society ; European Research Council ; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Materials processing ; Nanostructures ; carbon nanomaterials ; carbon nanotubes ; chemical vapour deposition ; aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition