Synthesis of boron nitride nanotubes by boron ink annealing

Li, Lu Hua, Chen, Ying and Glushenkov, Alexey M. 2010, Synthesis of boron nitride nanotubes by boron ink annealing, Nanotechnology, vol. 21, no. 10, pp. 1-5.

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Title Synthesis of boron nitride nanotubes by boron ink annealing
Author(s) Li, Lu Hua
Chen, Ying
Glushenkov, Alexey M.
Journal name Nanotechnology
Volume number 21
Issue number 10
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2010-03-12
ISSN 0957-4484
1361-6528
Summary Ball-milling and annealing is one effective method for the mass production of boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). We report that the method has been modified to a boron (B) ink annealing method. In this new process, the nanosize ball-milled B particles are mixed with metal nitrate in ethanol to form an ink-like solution, and then the ink is annealed in nitrogen-containing gas to form nanotubes. The new method greatly enhances the yield of BNNTs, giving a higher density of nanotubes. These improvements are caused by the addition of metal nitrate and ethanol, both of which can strongly boost the nitriding reaction, as revealed by thermogravimetric analysis. The size and structure of BNNTs can be controlled by varying the annealing conditions. This high-yield production of BNNTs in large quantities enables the large-scale application of BNNTs.
Language eng
Field of Research 100706 Nanofabrication, Growth and Self Assembly
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, IOP Publishing Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035407

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation
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