Nano-octopus: A new form of branching carbon nanofiber
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A new multibranched octopus-type structure of carbon nanofibers is synthesized from a natural precursor, camphor, by a thermal chemical vapor deposition technique. An alloy of Cu:Ni catalyst is prepared by electrochemically coating nickel on a copper sheet, with nickel sulfate as an electrolyte, and heating that nickel-coated copper sheet to a higher temperature. Deposition of carbon on these substrates leads to the formation of a branched nanostructure in the temperature range of 923 K to 1023 K. The fiber diameter increases from 30 nm to 250 nm with increasing pyrolysis temperature. Detailed morphology and the internal structure of these fibers are studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy.
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