Electron microscopy work was supported by the NEDO Nano-carbon Technology Project. This work is also partially conducted in the AIST Nano-Processing Facility, supported by the “Nanotechnology Support Project” of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) (Japan).
Atomic-Resolution Imaging of the Nucleation Points of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes†
Article first published online: 11 OCT 2005
Copyright © 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 1, Issue 12, pages 1180–1183, December 2005
How to Cite
Zhu, H., Suenaga, K., Hashimoto, A., Urita, K., Hata, K. and Iijima, S. (2005), Atomic-Resolution Imaging of the Nucleation Points of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Small, 1: 1180–1183. doi: 10.1002/smll.200500200
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2005
- Article first published online: 11 OCT 2005
- Manuscript Received: 17 JUN 2005
- carbon nanotubes;
- template synthesis
Points of view: The nucleation points of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are visualized on the atomic scale. The atomic structure of both the catalysts and the SWNTs growing from them are seen by HRTEM (see Figure) for the first time. The growth pathway extracted from a TEM image sequence demonstrates a root mechanism in SWNT growth. A best assignment of (31,14) for the chirality is obtained by means of inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) analysis.