Understanding Carbon Nanotubes

Volume 677 of the series Lecture Notes in Physics pp 49-130

Synthesis Methods and Growth Mechanisms

  • A. Loiseau
  • , X. Blase
  • , J.-Ch. Charlier
  • , P. Gadelle
  • , C. Journet
  • , Ch. Laurent
  • , A. Peigney

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In this chapter, our purpose is to present how carbon nanotubes are synthesized and how their formation and growth can be studied, understood and modeled. We give an overview of the different synthesis methods, which can be classi fied into two main categories according to the synthesis temperature. We include a review of the CVD synthesis of carbon filaments, as an introduction to that of nanotubes.