Project TitleCatalytic reactions initiated by a new class of catalyst materials based on graphitic materials and metal nanostructures
Track Code2013-008
Short Description

In this work, we report the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at temperatures as low as 150 C on an iron oxide-graphene, multi-component, nano-structural system. 


Growing Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) fabricated at low temperature is of particular interest because of their physiochemical properties. Continues efforts are being made to optimize their synthesis to maximum functionality of the formed nanoparticles. The process we are addressing here is simple. In this fabrication method neither hydrocarbons nor catalyst were added.  It is a completely compatible method with flexible substrates like metals or metal oxides, irrespective of their shapes and sizes. This low-temperature, facile technique opens the door to a wide range of applications for these novel nanoparticle/graphene-nanotube systems in areas varying from nano-electronics and energy harvesting to bio-nano.

TagsChemical vapor deposition (CVD) nanotube growth, graphene metal substrates, Graphene, Low-temperature growth, Multi wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT).
Posted DateOct 27, 2014 5:56 PM


Enkeleda Dervishi
Alexandru Biris

Journal Publication

"Low-temperature (150 ¡C) carbon nanotube growth on a catalytically active iron oxideϧraphene nano- structural system" Journal of Catalysis, Volume 299, March 2013, Pages 307-315, Enkeleda Dervishi, Alexandru R. Biris, Joshua A. Driver, Fumiya Watanabe, Shawn Bourdo, Alexandru S. Biris


·    One-step process used for the decoration of graphene with iron oxide nanoparticles.

·    Facile, economical/low cost an effective process

·    Easily scalable technique.

·    Only argon and hydrogen gases are employed (no hydrocarbon source) at very low temperatures making it very inexpensive.

·    Only grapheme is used in the manufacturing process, no additives were used that gives out pure nanomaterials with excellent morphologies and characteristics which best suits to make novel devices.

·    No additional processing or cleaning is required which reduce the productivity of the CNT.

·    No catalyst use, less time consuming.

·     It is a straightforward and rapid  technique for low-temperature growth of nanotubes


·         In hybrid, complex electronic devices

·         In Sensing devices as sensors

·         Tissue Engineering

·         Nanoelectronics

·         Photovoltaic and Energy harvesting devices

·         Energy storage

·         Fuel cell membranes

·         Catalysis of various cases

·         Advanced composites

·         Surface science-oil and water/ice mitigation

·         Filtration


About the Researchers

Dr. Alexandru S. Biris

Dr. Enkeleda Dervishi

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Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
61/898,797 None Provisional United States