Iron/cobalt-SBA-16 cubic mesoporous composites as catalysts for the production of multi-walled carbon nanotubes

D. Carta, F. Boi, A. Corrias, S. Bullita, Z. Kónya, M. F. Casula

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Abstract

A series of catalysts containing iron and cobalt nanoparticles supported on a highly ordered mesoporous cubic Im3m silica (SBA-16) were prepared by wet impregnation and used for the production of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CCVD) of acetylene. The catalysts were characterized by low- and wide-angle X-ray diffraction, N2 physisorption analysis at 77 K and transmission electron microscopy to study the influence of different metal loading and impregnation time on the CCVD process. Quality and morphology of the MWCNTs was assessed by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, whereas thermal analysis was used to estimate the amount of CNTs produced. It was found that the nanocomposites are catalytically active with particular reference to samples with relatively high metal loading, and are stable under the conditions adopted for the CNT production by the CCVD process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1123-1131
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Porous Materials
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2014

Keywords

  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Mesoporous ordered materials
  • Nanocomposites
  • SBA-16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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