Template-directed carbon nanotube network using self-organized Si nanocrystals

Yang, B.; Marcus, M. S.; Keppel, D. G.; Zhang, P. P.; Li, Z. W.; Larson, B. J.; Savage, D. E.; Simmons, J. M.; Castellini, O. M.; Eriksson, M. A.; Lagally, M. G.
June 2005
Applied Physics Letters;6/27/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 26, p263107
Academic Journal
We demonstrate a way to direct carbon nanotube growth using Si nanocrystals that are self-ordered via the thermal decomposition of thin silicon-on-insulator substrates. The Si nanocrystals are about 90 nm wide and 100–150 nm tall, with 200 nm spacing. Nanotubes connect the silicon nanocrystals to form a network. Nanotubes selectively appear between tops of the Si nanocrystals. We show that the flow pattern of the carbon feedstock in the chemical vapor deposition growth process is disturbed by the geometric effect of the Si nanocrystals, providing a mechanism for growth between the tops of the Si nanocrystals.


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