Synthesis of Graphene - Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Structures
Abstract: Graphene and Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been researched for more than a decade due to their extraordinary properties and advantages towards applications like electronics, structural re-enforcements, thermal management and energy storage. Graphene-CNT hybrid structures have been predicted to further enhance the exceptional properties and overcome some of the shortcomings of the individual materials. Advantages of a structure consisting of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) covalently bonded with graphene layers have been predicted to be especially favourable for applications like TIM, supercapacitors and battery electrodes. This project investigates two growth mechanisms for obtaining Graphene-VACNT structures using scalable processes. Shortcomings of previously done research on similar structures like graphene transfer and bad CNT alignment is solved. A novel growth mechanism is also investigated to set the foundation for research into a new approach to grow Graphene-CNT hybrid structures in the future. Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) was the method used to grow the graphene and CNT structures. The characterization was done using optical microscopy, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy.
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