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Room-Temperature Growth of Carbon Nanofibers

  • Jason K. Vohs (a1), Jeffery E. Raymond, Jonathan J. Brege, Steven Rozeveld (a2), Geoffrey L. Williams (a3) and Bradley D. Fahlman (a1)...

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We describe the growth of amorphous carbon nanofibers (CNFs) from iron-encapsulated dendrimer catalysts at ambient temperature and pressure conditions. Both fourth-generation poly (propyleneimine) (PPI) and poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimers were suitable macromolecular hosts for the catalytic species. Average nanofiber diameters range from 10 - 15 nm, with lengths in excess of 20 microns.

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