Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol.314, 69-79, 2017
One-pot large-area synthesis of graphitic filamentous nanocarbon-aligned carbon thin layer/carbon nanotube forest hybrid thin films and their corrosion behaviors in simulated seawater condition
In this work, we demonstrate the large-area synthesis of graphitic filamentous nanocarbon-aligned carbon thin layer (GFNACTL) on Cu foil by chemical vapor deposition of C2H2 at 700 degrees C at 5 Torr pressure. The thickness of the GFNACTL can be controlled to vary in the range 50-4000 nm by varying the synthesis time. The graphitic filamentous nanocarbon with outer diameters similar to 10 similar to 20 nm have highly oriented and well-connected graphitic structures that are stacked perpendicular to the growth direction. This result shows that the presence of a native oxide layer on the Cu foil was beneficial for the GFNACTL growth. Our approach can be extended to the one-pot synthesis of GFNACTL/carbon nanotube (CNT) forest hybrid thin films. The tip growth of CNTs with diameters of 50 nm Was catalyzed on the GFNACTL by Cu41Sn11 nanoparticles. Corrosion measurements were performed in 0.6 M NaCI solution. Electrochemical analysis revealed a strong improvement in corrosion resistance as compared to pure Cu specimens, indicating the superior uniformity and promise of the GFNACTL/CNT forest hybrid thin films for application as a protective coating.