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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2012, Article ID 542582, 5 pages
Research Article

Synthesis of High-Quality Carbon Nanotube Arrays without the Assistance of Water

1Institute of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Hunan, Changsha 410083, China
2Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Hunan, Changsha 410004, China

Received 2 November 2011; Accepted 5 February 2012

Academic Editor: Arava Leela Mohana Reddy

Copyright © 2012 Yongfeng Luo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Long and high-quality carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays have been synthesized through a chemical vapor deposition process. The Fe/Al2O3 on silicon was used as the catalyst, ethylene as the carbon source, and a gas mixture of Ar and H2 gases as the carrying gas. It is found for the first time that the high-quality and superlong carbon nanotube array can be improved by varying the content of hydrogen and carbon source.