Preparation of carbon nanotubes over cobalt-containing catalysts via catalytic decomposition of methane

Siang Piao Chai, Sharif Hussein Sharif Zein, Abdul Rahman Mohamed

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Decomposition of methane into carbon nanotubes over CoO catalysts supported on various catalyst supports at 550 °C and 700 °C was investigated. The effect of catalyst promoters on the supported CoO catalysts at 700 °C was also examined. Electron microscope observations showed that among the various catalyst supports tested, alumina was found to be the most appropriate for CoO that CoO/Al2O3 catalyst grew carbon nanotubes with significant hollow cores. Experimental results further revealed that introducing FeO into CoO/Al2O3 catalyst resulted in the formation of carbon nanotubes with thin wall structure. Introducing MoO into CoO/Al2O3 catalyst increased the carbon capacity and the selectivity of CoO/Al2O3 catalyst in growing better quality carbon nanotubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-350
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

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