Novel Iron-oxide Catalyzed CNT Formation on Semiconductor Silicon Nanowire
Tijjani Adam and U. Hashim
Pages 695-699 (5)
An aqueous ferric nitrate nonahydrate (Fe(NO3)3.9H2O) and magnesium oxide (MgO) were mixed and deposited
on silicon nanowires (SiNWs), the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) formed by the concentration of Fe3O4/MgO catalysts
with the mole ratio set at 0.15:9.85 and 600°C had diameter between 15.23 to 90nm with high-density distribution of CNT
while those with the mole ratio set at 0.45:9.55 and 730°C had diameter of 100 to 230nm. The UV/Vis/NIR and FT-IR
spectroscopes clearly confirmed the presence of the silicon-CNTs hybrid structure. UV/Vis/NIR, FT-IR spectra and FESEM
images confirmed the silicon-CNT structure exists with diameters ranging between 15-230nm. Thus, the study demonstrated
cost effective method of silicon-CNT composite nanowire formation via Iron-oxide Catalyze synthesis.
High-density, hybrid structure, iron-oxide catalyze, SiNWs, silicon-CNT structure.
Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering (INEE), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), 01000 Kangar, Perlis, Malaysia.