Growth of graphitic carbon layers around silicon carbide nanowires

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Journal Article
Journal of Applied Physics, 2019, 126 (6)
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© 2019 Author(s). We demonstrate the ability to synthesize graphitic carbon sheets around cubic silicon carbide nanowires via an alloy-mediated catalytic process. The transmission electron microscopy analysis shows multilayer graphitic carbon sheets with a large interatomic layer distance of ∼0.45 nm, suggesting the presence of oxygen in the graphitic system. Oxygen-related peaks observed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy further confirm the oxidation of the graphitic carbon layers. A detailed investigation of the Raman spectra reveals a turbostratic stacking of the graphitic carbon layers. The turbostratic nature and the presence of oxidation in the graphitic carbon surrounding the silicon carbide nanowires make them a suitable platform for further functionalization, of particular interest for biosensing, as both graphitic carbon and silicon carbide are biocompatible.
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