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Preparation of aligned multi-walled BN and B/C/N nanotubular arrays and their characterization using HRTEM, EELS and energy-filtered TEM

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DOI: 10.1016/s0921-4526(02)00967-5
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • B-C-N
  • Bn
  • Nanotubes
  • Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy


Aligned multi-walled nanotubes composed of B/C/N and/or B/N atoms were synthesized by reacting chemical-vapor-deposition-grown C nanotubes or pyrolitically grown CNx nanotubes, boron oxide and nitrogen at 1773-2200 K. We note that by increasing the reacting temperature, the overall B-N content within the tubular assemblies is also enhanced. The nanostructures were studied using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, spatially resolved energy-filtered TEM (Omega filter) and electron energy loss spectroscopy. An oxidation-driven mechanism of B-N enrichment within the C-based tubular templates has been proposed and verified by the experimental observations. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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