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Structural systematics in boron-doped single wall carbon nanotubes

Gai, P.L., Stephan, O., McGuire, K., Rao, A.M., Dresselhaus, M.S. and Dresselhaus, G. (2004) Structural systematics in boron-doped single wall carbon nanotubes. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 14 (4). pp. 669-675. ISSN 0959-9428

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We report atomic level high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), electron nanodiffraction and nano-electron energy loss spectroscopy (nano-EELS) of boron-doped carbon nanostructures obtained by laser ablation of Co/Ni/B-doped carbon targets. The observations provide direct evidence for structural systematics and atomic structural defects as a function of the B content in the target. Targets with low B concentration (below 3 at%), produced ropes of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with no detectable boron present in the SWCNT ropes. However, unintended N-doping of the curved honeycomb lattice was observed in the 2.5 at% B sample (which is attributed to the possible presence of small amounts of N in the targets or reaction environments), with striking consequences for doping of heteroatoms within the hexagonal lattice of the graphene layer. At higher B concentration (3.5 at% and higher), there are significant changes in the nanostructure, which exhibits defective graphite layers and a small number of double wall carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs). At the higher B concentration, boron-doping is evidenced in the form of very small amorphous B clusters trapped in graphite-like defective sites.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Physics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2009 10:34
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2009 10:34
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b311696d
Status: Published
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Identification Number: 10.1039/b311696d
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6729

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