The effect of reduction temperature on Co-Mo/Al2O3 catalysts for carbon nanotubes formation

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

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Catalyst reduction temperature was observed to affect the yield and diameter uniformity of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) produced on Co-Mo/Al2O3 catalysts. The results show that on the whole, the reduced catalysts gave higher carbon yield. The CNTs obtained from the unreduced catalyst and the catalysts reduced at 400, 550, and 700 °C had diameters of 9.0 ± 1.4, 11.0 ± 1.8, 11.2 ± 1.8, and 12.1 ± 2.7 nm, respectively, showing that an increase in catalyst reduction temperature produced a slightly larger average diameter and wider diameter distribution. Raman spectra further elucidate that better-graphitized CNTs were produced on the catalysts reduced with increasing reduction temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Catalyst reduction
  • Co-Mo/AlO catalysts
  • Methane decomposition

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