The role of extra carbon source during the pre-annealing stage in the growth of carbon nanofibers

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  • NASA Ames Research Center


In this letter, we discuss the role of a thin diamond-like carbon (DLC) layer in the growth of carbon nanofibers. We show how the DLC layer acts as an additional carbon source during the pre-annealing stage and changes the nanofiber morphology significantly compared to the case without the DLC layer. Significant amount of carbon is dissolved into the Ni layer during the pre-annealing stage, which leads to supersaturation and subsequent precipitation of carbon out of the Ni particles during the growth stage.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-354
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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