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Materials 2010, 3(4), 2618-2642; doi:10.3390/ma3042618

A Review of the Properties and CVD Synthesis of Coiled Carbon Nanotubes

Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, University of Szeged, Rerrich B. tér 1., Szeged, H-6720, Hungary
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Received: 1 March 2010 / Revised: 1 April 2010 / Accepted: 7 April 2010 / Published: 12 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube)
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Abstract

The CVD route for carbon nanotube production has become a popular method to make large amounts of multiwall carbon nanotubes. The structure, morphology and size of carbon materials depend critically on the catalyst preparation and deposition conditions. According to current knowledge, CVD method is the only process which can produce carbon nanocoils. These nanocoils are perfect candidates for nanotechnology applications. One might indeed hope that these coils would have the extraordinary stiffness displayed by straight nanotubes. Based on theoretical studies, regular coiled nanotubes exhibit exceptional mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties due to the combination of their peculiar helical morphology and the fascinating properties of nanotubes. In spite of its technological interest, relatively low attention has been paid to this special field. In this paper we attempt to summarize results obtained until now.
Keywords: coiled carbon nanotubes; CVD method; electron microscopy coiled carbon nanotubes; CVD method; electron microscopy
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Fejes, D.; Hernádi, K. A Review of the Properties and CVD Synthesis of Coiled Carbon Nanotubes. Materials 2010, 3, 2618-2642.

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