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Identification by laser desorption ionization mass spectroscopy of large fullerenes formed during the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes in the HiPco process

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Title: Identification by laser desorption ionization mass spectroscopy of large fullerenes formed during the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes in the HiPco process
Author: Brinson, Bruce E.
Advisor: Johnson, Marie Pontier
Degree: Master of Science thesis
Abstract: Iron catalyzed gas-phased disproportionation of carbon monoxide under high pressure is known to produce carbon Single Walled Nano-Tubes (SWNT). Non-tubular carbon by products and iron encapsulated-graphitic shelled nano-particles are produced concomitantly under conditions optimized for SWNT production, are undesirable bi-products. Differences in oxidation thresholds of the constituents and acid leaching of iron particles have been exploited in the co-development of Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectroscopy (LDI) evaluation and SWNT purification. LDI threshold conditions have been established for the analysis of non-SWNT carbon species. It has been shown that neither photochemical decomposition nor photo assisted molecular self-assembly contribute to the mass spectra. Raw, processed materials and molecular specific extractions are evaluated. Laser Desorption Ionization mass spectroscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Raman and TGA results are reported.
Citation: Brinson, Bruce E.. (2004) "Identification by laser desorption ionization mass spectroscopy of large fullerenes formed during the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes in the HiPco process." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/17658.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/17658
Date: 2004

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