Large scale synthesis of carbon nanopearl chains by chemical vapor deposition

Pei Pei Hou, Long Tan, Zhi Liu, Meng Chao Li, Xin Jian Jin, Qun Yi Zhou, Peng Liao, Xiao Di Wang, Ping Wu, Xiang Rong Shao, Zheling Zeng, Shuguang Deng, Gui Ping Dai

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We report the synthesis of a novel type of carbon-based nanostructure, which is composed of a string of carbon nanopearl chains (CNPCs) with a connection structure of carbon nanofibers using a chemical vapor deposition method. Regularly spaced, nanometer-sized balls of graphitic carbon are found on the amorphous nanofibers. The nanopearls have nanometer-sized spheres, bodies in diameter varying from tens of nanometers to hundreds of nanometers, with solid interiors. The chain connections have a length ranging from several nanometers up to micrometers between two nanopearls. The nanopearls connect each other by the nanofibers, thus forming a chain. The CNPCs have potential for use as reinforcing matrix to produce strong and tough carbon-based nanocomposites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-778
Number of pages6
JournalFullerenes Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2021


  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • carbon nanopearl chains
  • carbon nanostructures
  • growth mechanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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