Applied Physics A

, Volume 84, Issue 3, pp 271–276 | Cite as

Chemical vapor deposition of multi-walled carbon nanotubes from nickel/yttria-stabilized zirconia catalysts

  • A.S. Ferlauto
  • D.Z. de Florio
  • F.C. Fonseca
  • V. Esposito
  • R. Muccillo
  • E. Traversa
  • L.O. Ladeira


Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) were produced by chemical vapor deposition using yttria-stabilized zirconia/nickel (YSZ/Ni) catalysts. The catalysts were obtained by a liquid mixture technique that resulted in fine dispersed nanoparticles of NiO supported in the YSZ matrix. High quality MWNT having smooth walls, few defects, and low amounts of by-products such as amorphous carbon were obtained, even from catalysts with large Ni concentrations (>50 wt. %). By adjusting the experimental parameters, such as flux of the carbon precursor (ethylene) and Ni concentration, both the MWNT morphology and the process yield could be controlled. The resulting YSZ/Ni/MWNT composites can be interesting due to their mixed ionic-electronic transport properties, which could be useful in electrochemical applications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A.S. Ferlauto
    • 1
  • D.Z. de Florio
    • 2
  • F.C. Fonseca
    • 3
  • V. Esposito
    • 4
  • R. Muccillo
    • 3
  • E. Traversa
    • 4
  • L.O. Ladeira
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de FísicaUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de QuímicaUNESPAraraquaraBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e NuclearesSão PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie ChimicheUniversità di Roma “Tor Vergata”RomeItaly

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