One-step CVD synthesis of a boron nitride nanotube-iron composite

Rajen B. Patel, Jinwen Liu, Jennifer Eng, Zafar Iqbal

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A composite of boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) and iron (Fe) has been synthesized using a novel one-step process and characterized by optical, electron microscope, and mechanical measurement techniques. The BNNT-Fe composite, the first of this type produced to the best of our knowledge, is shown to have up to 24% higher specific yield strengths from stress-strain measurements and Rockwell Hardness C Scale (HRC), depth of penetration into sample of 120° diamond cone, 50% higher relative to a control sample of pure Fe. Scanning and transmission electron microscope imaging shows that the composite is comprised of a uniform nanoscale mixture of BNNTs bridging the metal particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1332-1339
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 28 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Composite
  • Nanostructure


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