Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 585–597 | Cite as

The effect of process variables on the characteristics of carbon nanotubes obtained by spray pyrolysis

  • Mariane C. Schnitzler
  • Aldo J. G. Zarbin
Research Paper


A simple spray pyrolysis setup is used to grow multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), from a ferrocene solution in benzene as precursor. The effects of process variables such as growth temperature, position of the aerosol generator and position in the reactor where the sample was formed were investigated. These variables have a strong influence on the graphitization degree, homogeneity, diameter and alignment of the nanotubes, as observed by TEM, SEM, XRD and Raman spectroscopy. Vertically aligned MWCNT arrays with high density were obtained in large areas (10 × 10 mm2), with high yield (2.1 mg cm−2) and at a growth rate at 1.43 μm min−1, by a suitable choice of the experimental conditions.


Carbon nanotubes Spray pyrolysis Nanomaterials Characterization MWCNT 



Authors thank the financial support from CNPq, CT-ENERG/CNPq, PROCAD-CAPES, TWAS and Rede Nacional de Pesquisa em Nanotubos de Carbono (MCT). We also thank Dr. Marcela Mohallem Oliveira and CME-UFPR for the microscopy images. MCS thanks CAPES for the fellowship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de QuímicaUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil

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