, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 2597-2607
Date: 16 Dec 2010

Microstructural investigations of zirconium oxide—on core–shell structure of carbon nanotubes

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes and multi-walled carbon nanotubes/ZrO2 nanocomposites were obtained by isothermal hydrolyzing and chemical precipitation method for both the carbon nanotubes. The coating was taken place by dispersion of both the carbon nanotubes in ZrOCl2·8H2O aqueous solution. However, a highly conformal and uniform monoclinic zirconia coating was deposited on multi-walled carbon nanotubes rather than single-walled carbon nanotubes by this new and simple method. Also, it has been observed that the thickness of the individual carbon nanotube after zirconia coating was increased by isothermal hydrolyzing process rather than traditional chemical precipitation method and it has been confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy study.