Growth of high-density carbon nanotube forests on conductive TiSiN supports

Junwei Yang, Santiago Esconjauregui, Alex W. Robertson, Yuzheng Guo, Toby Hallam, Hisashi Sugime, Guofang Zhong, Georg S. Duesberg, John Robertson

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We grow vertically aligned carbon nanotube forests on refractory conductive films of TiSiN and achieve area densities of (5.1 ± 0.1) × 1012 tubes cm-2 and mass densities of about 0.3 g cm-3. The TiSiN films act as diffusion barriers limiting catalyst diffusion into the bulk of the support, and their low surface energy favours catalyst de-wetting, inducing forests to grow by the root growth mechanism. The nanotube area density is maximised by an additional discontinuous AlOx layer, which inhibits catalyst nanoparticle sintering by lateral surface diffusion. The forests and the TiSiN support show ohmic conduction. These results suggest that TiSiN is the favoured substrate for nanotube forest growth on conductors and liable of finding real applications in microelectronics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083108
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume106
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 23
Externally publishedYes

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Yang, J., Esconjauregui, S., Robertson, A. W., Guo, Y., Hallam, T., Sugime, H., ... Robertson, J. (2015). Growth of high-density carbon nanotube forests on conductive TiSiN supports. Applied Physics Letters, 106(8), [083108]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4913762

Growth of high-density carbon nanotube forests on conductive TiSiN supports. / Yang, Junwei; Esconjauregui, Santiago; Robertson, Alex W.; Guo, Yuzheng; Hallam, Toby; Sugime, Hisashi; Zhong, Guofang; Duesberg, Georg S.; Robertson, John.

In: Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 106, No. 8, 083108, 23.02.2015.

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Yang, J, Esconjauregui, S, Robertson, AW, Guo, Y, Hallam, T, Sugime, H, Zhong, G, Duesberg, GS & Robertson, J 2015, 'Growth of high-density carbon nanotube forests on conductive TiSiN supports', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 106, no. 8, 083108. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4913762
Yang J, Esconjauregui S, Robertson AW, Guo Y, Hallam T, Sugime H et al. Growth of high-density carbon nanotube forests on conductive TiSiN supports. Applied Physics Letters. 2015 Feb 23;106(8). 083108. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4913762
Yang, Junwei ; Esconjauregui, Santiago ; Robertson, Alex W. ; Guo, Yuzheng ; Hallam, Toby ; Sugime, Hisashi ; Zhong, Guofang ; Duesberg, Georg S. ; Robertson, John. / Growth of high-density carbon nanotube forests on conductive TiSiN supports. In: Applied Physics Letters. 2015 ; Vol. 106, No. 8.
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