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Fabrication of Uniform Au–Carbon Nanofiber by Two-Step Low Temperature Decomposition

Myeongsoon Lee, Seong-Cheol Hong and Don Kim*

Author Affiliations

Department of Chemistry, Pukyong National University, 599-1 Daeyon 3 dong, Namgu, Busan, 608-737, Korea

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 4:932-936  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9341-7

Published: 22 May 2009

Abstract

This paper presents a facile and efficient way to prepare carbon nanofibers ornamented with Au nanoparticles (Au/CNFs). Gold nanoparticles were first deposited in the channels of an anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane by thermal decomposition of HAuCl4and then carbon nanofibers were produced in the same channels loaded with the Au nanoparticles by decomposition of sucrose at 230 °C. An electron microscopy study revealed that the carbon nanofibers, ~10 nm thick and 6 μm long, were decorated with Au nanoparticles with a diameter of 10 nm. This synthetic route can produce uniform Au nanoparticles on CNF surfaces without using any additional chemicals to modify the AAO channels or the CNF surfaces.

Keywords:
Au; Carbon; Nanoparticles; Nanofibers; AAO