Applied Physics A

, 122:150 | Cite as

Simultaneous deposition of carbon nanotubes and decoration with gold–palladium nanoparticles by laser-induced forward transfer

  • Federico Lasserre
  • Andreas Rosenkranz
  • Nicolás Souza Carmona
  • Martín Roble
  • Esteban Ramos-Moore
  • Donovan E. Diaz-Droguett
  • Frank Mücklich
Article

Abstract

Decorating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with nanoparticles has proved to be an intelligent approach to improve the gas adsorption properties of CNTs for the development of new sensors, including hydrogen sensors. However, in order to take advantage of this hybrid structure, methods are needed that ensure a proper decoration and the fabrication of small features without compromising the sensing surface. Within this paper, we report a novel technique to simultaneously decorate multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with gold–palladium nanoparticles and transfer them to a substrate by laser-induced forward transfer using femtosecond laser pulses. The nanoparticles decorating the MWCNTs present a spherical shape with a Feret diameter bellow 200 nm. The nanoparticle size can be tuned by varying the amount of pulses within the transfer. Finally, hydrogen adsorption showed up to a 20-fold increase compared to a sample composed of non-transferred, non-decorated MWCNTs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Functional Materials, Department of Materials ScienceSaarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Instituto de FísicaPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

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