Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are successfully immobilized on a bamboo charcoal by chemical vapor deposition of gaseous tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). Electron microscopies, Raman spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy are used to characterize the sample. The CNTs found on the bamboo charcoal support were several microns long, and their diameters ranged from 50nm to 300nm. From the high resolution transmission electron microscopic analysis, we found that the CNTs were composed of ∼30 layers of graphitic carbon sheets. Amorphous droplets were also found at the tips of the CNTs. This suggested that the growth of the CNT was via a vapor-liquid-solid mechanism. The amorphous droplets contained calcium, silicon and oxygen. The calcium impurity was originated from the bamboo while the silicon impurity was supplied by the TEOS. CNTs partially filled with calcium silicate were also found. It was evident that calcium silicate had played a critical role in the formation of these CNTs.
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