The physical/chemical properties of multiwalled carbon nanotubes have attracted much interest for applications in different fields, from micro-electronic to coating technology due, in particular, to their peculiar conductivity properties, to their hardness and high resistance to thermal stress. The technology to produce carbon nanotubes thin films with the desired properties, however, is still under development. In this work, we report on multiwalled carbon nanotubes thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition techniques ablating commercially polystyrene-nanotubes pellets on alumina substrates. MicroRaman spectroscopy and high resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy provide the experimental confirmation that carbon nanotubes-like structures are present on the alumina surface with both minimal morphological damage of the tubes and structural changes induced by laser beam.
15 Dec 2007
Volume: 254 Issue: 4 Pages: 1260-1263
Applied Surface Science