Applied Physics A

, Volume 108, Issue 2, pp 351–355 | Cite as

Efficient growth of millimeter-long few-walled carbon nanotube forests and their oil sorption

  • Bin Zhao
  • Lei Zhang
  • Youxuan Liang
  • Hanxun Qiu
  • Junhe Yang
Article

Abstract

Millimeter-long few-walled carbon nanotube (FWNT) forests were grown by a water-assisted chemical vapor deposition method. In only 10 min, the forests grew to over 1.2 mm in height, with a growth yield around 2.76±0.30 mg/cm2. Transmission electron microscopy observation and Raman analysis showed high crystallinity of the nanotubes. A carbon purity better than 98.8 wt% was further determined by thermogravimetric analysis measurement. The FWNT forests were evaluated as an adsorbent for oil sorption and exhibited reasonable oil sorption capacity of 35 g/g. It is inferred that the oil sorption for CNT forests does not depend on their surface area.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bin Zhao
    • 1
  • Lei Zhang
    • 1
  • Youxuan Liang
    • 1
  • Hanxun Qiu
    • 1
  • Junhe Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Shanghai for Science and TechnologyShanghaiP.R. China

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