Synthesis of phosphorus doped carbon nanotubes using chemical vapor deposition
Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures Volume 26, 2018-218-225
Phosphorous-doped carbon nanotubes (PCNTs) was prepared via two-step methodology employing chemical vapor deposition, by using available starting materials and catalyst. First, CNTs was produced from acetylene gas at 750 ºC and then, PCNTs have been prepared with total yield of 44% by recooking of the prepared CNT with Ph3P at 600 ºC. The product was characterized with FESEM, TEM and EDS analyses, which confirmed its nanotube shape and the presence of phosphorous atom. The high thermal stability of the product was obtained from TGA analysis, showing only 16.5% weight loss up to 890 ºC. The Raman spectrum of the product showed the ID/IG ration equal to 0.84. Moreover, the catalytic potency of the product has been examined in ORR electrochemical reaction using CV and LSV diagrams. The results confirmed appropriate catalytic activity and high stability of the product for this process.