Data on the distribution of iron in nitrogen-containing multiwall carbon nanotubes (N-MWCNTs) and changes in its chemical state and concentration under different parameters of irradiation by a pulsed ion beam are obtained by methods of transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and energy dispersion analysis. It is shown that the irradiation of N-MWCNTs with an energy density of 0.5 J/cm2 lead to the formation, on their lateral surfaces, of structures with a size of 2–10 nm, consisting of metallic iron encapsulated in a carbon shell. An increase in the energy density to 1–1.5 J/cm2 leads to a substantial removal of iron clusters from the tips of carbon nanotubes and a reduction in the amount of iron in the bulk of the N-MWCNT layer.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics