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Fabrication and Properties of Ag-nanoparticles Embedded Amorphous Carbon Nanowire/CNT Heterostructures

Ke-fan Chen, Jian-hua Deng, Fei Zhao, Guo-an Cheng* and Rui-ting Zheng

Author Affiliations

Key Laboratory of Beam Technology and Material Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, 100875, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:1449-1455  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9660-8

Published: 9 June 2010


Carbon nanotubes were subjected to doping with an energetic Ag ion beam, and the carbon nanotubes on the top of the array were transformed into amorphous carbon nanowires with embedded Ag-nanoparticles. The field emission characteristics of these nanowires were investigated. The minimum turn-on and threshold fields were 0.68 and 1.09 V/μm, respectively, which were lower than those of the as-grown carbon nanotubes. This was probably because Ag-nanoparticles embedded in the carbon nanowires reduced the effective work function from 4.59 to 4.23 eV. Large doping amounts produced serious structural damage at the top of the nanowires and impaired the field emission characteristics.

Carbon nanotube; Nanowire; Ion implantation; Field emission