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Carbon nanotube (CNT) networked films have been grown by radiofrequency plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (RF–PECVD) technology onto low-cost alumina substrates, coated by nanosized Fe-catalyst for growing CNTs, to perform chemical detection of hazardous gases, at an operating sensor temperature in the range 25–150 °C. The morphology and structure of the CNT networks have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The carbon nanotubes were “forest-like” with ropes vertically-aligned to the substrate surface. A dense network of bundles of multiple tubes consisting of multi-walled carbon nanostructures appears with a maximum length of 7–10 μm and single-tube diameter varying in the range of 5–35 nm. Surface functionalizations of the vertically-aligned CNT networks with nominally 5 nm thick Pt …
Publication date: 
30 Sep 2009

M Penza, R Rossi, M Alvisi, MA Signore, G Cassano, D Dimaio, R Pentassuglia, E Piscopiello, E Serra, M Falconieri

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Volume: 517 Issue: 22 Pages: 6211-6216
Thin Solid Films