Diameter controlled and vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes were synthesized from pure and mixed ethanol/acetonitrile feedstock. With increasing acetonitrile concentration in the feedstock, nitrogen incorporation into the sp 2 carbon network increased until saturating at approximately one atomic percent. The incorporation of nitrogen correlates with a significant diameter reduction from a mean diameter of 2.1 nm down to 0.7 nm. Heteroatom-mediated diameter control is independent of catalyst preparation and represents a versatile tool for the direct synthesis of tailored single-walled carbon nanotubes.
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- Materials Science(all)