Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 17, pp 4539–4545 | Cite as

A facile method to fabricate silica-coated carbon nanotubes and silica nanotubes from carbon nanotubes templates

  • Yingkui Yang
  • Shengqiang Qiu
  • Wei Cui
  • Qiang Zhao
  • Xinjian Cheng
  • Robert Kwok Yiu LiEmail author
  • Xiaolin XieEmail author
  • Yiu-Wing Mai


Silica-coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been prepared by the sol–gel polymerization of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in the presence of the acid-oxidized MWCNTs at room temperature, followed by oxidizing the MWCNTs templates at high temperature in air to produce hollow silica nanotubes. The thickness and architectures of silica shell were well controlled by rationally adjusting the concentration of TEOS, and by adding cationic surfactant as a structure-directing agent. These results also give a clear answer to prove the fact that the structures of spherical silica particles can be fully “copied” to the coating shell and the wall of silica nanotubes when prepared by the same method as the synthesis of silica particles in the presence of templates.


Silica Particle Silica Shell Silica Coating Pristine MWCNTs CTAB Micelle 



This study was supported by a grant from the City University of Hong Kong (Project No. 7002093). YKY is grateful for the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (20804014). XLX acknowledges the financial support from the New Century Excellent Talents in Universities of China (NCET-05-0640). We thank Mr. Hung TF for his valuable assistance with the TEM measurement results. We also thank the reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions regarding the revision.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yingkui Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shengqiang Qiu
    • 2
  • Wei Cui
    • 3
  • Qiang Zhao
    • 1
  • Xinjian Cheng
    • 1
  • Robert Kwok Yiu Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xiaolin Xie
    • 3
    Email author
  • Yiu-Wing Mai
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Materials ScienceCity University of Hong KongKowloonPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory for the Green Preparation and Application of Functional Materials, Ministry of Education, and Faculty of Materials Science and EngineeringHubei UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Center for Advanced Materials Technology, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, J07University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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