Integrated growth of Si-O-C nanosheets on the surface of carbon microstructure with the aid of carbon nanotubes

Integrated growth of Si-O-C nanosheets on the surface of carbon microstructure with the aid of carbon nanotubes

Shuang Xi* Yuzhou Zhang Yan Ji Yinlong Zhu Ying Liu Yutu Yang Maolin Yu

School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China

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30 June 2018
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The three-phase Si-O-C compound enjoys a great application prospects in the field of miniaturized high-temperature devices, thanks to its good high-temperature resistance and the unique physicochemical properties of its 2D structure. In light of these, this paper puts forward a simple and reliable method to synthetize Si-O-C nanosheets based on pyrolysis. The Si-O-C nanosheets were integrated on the surface of the pyrolyzed carbon microstructure after adding carbon nanotubes (CNTs) onto the surface of micropatterned SU-8 photoresist, and decomposing the CNT-modified pattern at a high temperature (1,100°C). Then, the surface morphology and internal structure of the Si-O-C nanosheets were characterized by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). The results show that the Si-O-C nanosheets are a uniform amorphous structure. Considering the absence of metal catalyst in the preparation process, the author explained the growth of the nanosheets with the volatile-solid (V-S) mechanism. Since the Si-O-C nanosheets tend to grow in areas where CNTs are aggregated, the CNTs must have played a key function in the growth process. Specifically, the CNTs promoted the redox reactions and nucleation of Si-O-C, and supplied extra carbon to the growth of Si-O-C nanosheets. In addition, the stress produced in high-temperature pyrolysis process tore Si-O-C nano-film into irregular Si-O-C nanosheets. The research findings help to promote the application of Si-O-C nanostructure in various fields, including but not limited to environmental management and plant protection.


Si-O-C nanosheet, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), pyrolysis, volatile-solid (V-S) growth mechanism

1. Introduction
2. Methodology
3. Results and discussion
4. Conclusions

This work is financially supported by Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20160934), and Youth Science &Technology Innovation Fund of Nanjing Forestry University (CX2017008).


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