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Growth of Y-shaped Carbon Nanofibers from Ethanol Flames

Jin Cheng12, Xiaoping Zou1*, Hongdan Zhang1, Fei Li1, Pengfei Ren1, Guang Zhu1, Yi Su1 and Maofa Wang1

Author Affiliations

1 Research Center for Sensor Technology, Beijing Information Science and Technology University, Jianxiangqiao Campus, Beijing, 100101, China

2 School of Electronic Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, 100876, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2008, 3:295-298  doi:10.1007/s11671-008-9152-2

Published: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Y-shaped carbon nanofibers as a multi-branched carbon nanostructure have potential applications in electronic devices. In this article, we report that several types of Y-shaped carbon nanofibers are obtained from ethanol flames. These Y-shaped carbon nanofibers have different morphologies. According to our experimental results, the growth mechanism of Y-shaped carbon nanofibers has been discussed and a possible growth model of Y-shaped carbon nanofibers has been proposed.

Keywords:
Y-shaped carbon nanofibers; Ethanol flames; Growth mechanism; Catalyst