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Large-Scale Fabrication of Boron Nitride Nanotubes via a Facile Chemical Vapor Reaction Route and Their Cathodoluminescence Properties

Bo Zhong1, Xiaoxiao Huang1, Guangwu Wen12*, Hongming Yu1, Xiaodong Zhang1, Tao Zhang1 and Hongwei Bai1

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1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 150001 Harbin, People's Republic of China

2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology (Weihai), 264209 Weihai, People's Republic of China

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Nanoscale Res Lett 2011, 6:36  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9794-8

Published: 26 September 2010

Abstract

Cylinder- and bamboo-shaped boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) have been synthesized in large scale via a facile chemical vapor reaction route using ammonia borane as a precursor. The structure and chemical composition of the as-synthesized BNNTs are extensively characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and selected-area electron diffraction. The cylinder-shaped BNNTs have an average diameter of about 100 nm and length of hundreds of microns, while the bamboo-shaped BNNTs are 100–500 nm in diameter with length up to tens of microns. The formation mechanism of the BNNTs has been explored on the basis of our experimental observations and a growth model has been proposed accordingly. Ultraviolet–visible and cathodoluminescence spectroscopic analyses are performed on the BNNTs. Strong ultraviolet emissions are detected on both morphologies of BNNTs. The band gap of the BNNTs are around 5.82 eV and nearly unaffected by tube morphology. There exist two intermediate bands in the band gap of BNNTs, which could be distinguishably assigned to structural defects and chemical impurities.

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Keywords:
Boron nitride nanotubes; Luminescence performance; Growth mechanism; Ammonia borane