Organometallic Block Copolymers As Catalyst Precursors For Templated Carbon Nanotube Growth

Christian Hinderling, Yanki Keles, Thomas Stöckli, Helmut F. Knapp, Teresa De los Arcos, Peter Oelhafen, I. Korczagin, Mark A. Hempenius, Gyula J. Vancso, Raphaël Pugin, Harry Heinzelmann

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The use of organic-organometallic block copolymers as catalyst precursors for templated carbon nanotube (CNT) growth (see Figure) is demonstrated for the first time. A thin film of block copolymer was treated with O2 plasma to produce ordered iron-containing catalyst nanoparticle arrays, which are efficient catalysts for CNT growth. This approach allows control of catalyst domain size and spacing by tailoring block copolymer composition.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)876-879
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • METIS-221382
  • Organometallic materials
  • Catalysts
  • Block copolymers
  • IR-71996

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