Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 12, pp 4240–4244 | Cite as

Preparation of carbon nanofibers over carbon nanotube-nickel catalyst in propylene decomposition

  • Yun ZhaoEmail author
  • Chunhua Li
  • Kefu Yao
  • Ji Liang


A variety of structural and morphological forms of carbon nanofibers, which comprise perpendicularly and obliquely stacking graphite fibers and the two composite forms made of outer coaxial graphite tubes and inner perpendicularly or obliquely stacking fibers, were fabricated in catalytically decomposing propylene–hydrogen mixture over carbon nanotube-supported nickel catalysts. The growth mechanism for composite carbon nanofibers was proposed. The different types of carbon filaments are promising to be applied in catalyst support and capsules for drug delivery or nanoscale electrical devices.


Carbon Fiber Nickel Catalyst Carbon Nanofibers Metallic Particle Composite Nanofibers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemical Engineering and the EnvironmentBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingPR China
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingPR China

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