Synthesis of carbon onions by gold nanoparticles and electron irradiation

H. E. Troiani, A. Camacho-Bragado, V. Armendariz, J. L. Gardea Torresday, M. Jose Yacaman

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It is shown that, during electron irradiation of a thin carbon film in the presence of gold nanoparticles, fullerene onion structures are produced at a much higher rate than in the case in which no nanoparticles are present. We conclude that steps on the gold nanoparticle act as catalytic sites to promote the rearrangement of carbon atoms into caged structures. Once being nucleated, onion structures are ejected from the surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1029-1031
Number of pages3
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 11 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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