Highly individual single-walled carbon nanotubes synthesized by floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition for transparent conducting films

Yuanlong Ding, Jun Cao, Yongping Liao*, Saeed Ahmad, Hong Li, Lihua Lv, Jun Yan

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Abstract

The bundle formation of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) has dramatically hindered their performances of transparent conducting films (TCFs). Herein, we synthesized less bundled SWCNTs by reducing the concentration of catalyst precursor in floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition. The gas-phase number concentration of SWCNTs could be reduced from 1.6×106 to 4×105 cm−3 by decreasing the catalyst precursor and thus, the bundle formation due to nanotube collisions induced by Brownian diffusion was significantly inhibited. ∼42% of SWCNTs were found to be individual with a mean tube diameter of 1.0 nm, mean length of 2.5 μm and mean bundle diameter of 2.1 nm, the corresponding SWCNT TCF exhibited a sheet resistance of 109 Ω/sq. at 90% optical transmittance. Our work provides a strategy of synthesizing highly individual SWCNTs for enhanced performance of TCFs, implying great potential in electronic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number139635
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalThin Solid Films
Volume764
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Bundled carbon nanotube
  • Floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition
  • Individual carbon nanotube
  • Single-walled carbon nanotubes
  • Transparent conducting films

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