Formation and growth mechanisms of ion-induced iron-carbon nanocomposites at room temperature

Zhipeng Wang, Mohd Zamri Mohd Yusop, Takehiko Hihara, Akari Hayashi, Yasuhiko Hayashi, Masaki Tanemura

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The irradiation of graphite surfaces with a simultaneous Fe supply have resulted into the development of various types of carbon nanocomposites. Their morphologies - diameter, density, length and apex angle strongly depend on the ratios of Fe deposition rate (DFe) to ion sputtering rate (Sion). By optimizing the ratio of DFe/Sion (2.40%), the denser and well-aligned Fe-carbon nanocomposite fibers (Fe-CNFs) could be obtained, whose average length and diameter were 0.95 μm and 17 nm, respectively. As confirmed by energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, the Fe-CNFs with amorphous-like or fine-polycrystalline phase were surely composed of carbon and Fe. Two types of growth models have been employed to explain the formation of metal-carbon nanocomposites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6371-6374
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Growth mechanism
  • Ion irradiation
  • Iron-carbon nanocomposites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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