Influence of ozone on N-doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes
Nikos G. Tsierkezos, Uwe Ritter
Journal of Experimental Nanoscience
Nitrogen-doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes (N-MWCNT) were selectively grown on oxidised silicon substrate by means of catalytic chemical vapour deposition with decomposition of acetonitrile in the presence of ferrocene (FeCp2) at 900°C. The synthesised N-MWCNT film was initially treated with continuous ozone flow for various time periods and characterised by means of scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The electrochemical response of ozone-treated N-MWCNT film towards ferrocyanide/ferricyanide, [Fe(CN)6]3−/4− redox couple was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results were compared with those obtained for untreated N-MWCNT film. The findings reveal the occurrence of structural defects on surface of ozone-treated N-MWCNT film due to oxidation of nanotubes. Furthermore, the handling of N-MWCNT film with ozone increases the barrier for interfacial electron transfer and slows down the kinetics of redox reaction occurring on this particular electrode.
FT-Raman, chemical vapour deposition, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, multi-walled carbon