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  • 1 Università di Cagliari Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche and INSTM S.S. 554 bivio per Sestu I-09042 Monserrato, Cagliari Italy
  • 2 University of Szeged Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry Rerrich Bela tér 1 H-6720 Szeged Hungary
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A series of Fe/Co based nanocomposites where the matrix is mesoporous ordered cubic Im3m silica (SBA-16 type) characterized by a three dimensional cage-like structure of pores were obtained by two different approaches: impregnation and gelation. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analysis show that after metal loading, calcination at 500 °C and reduction in H2 fl ux at 800 °C the nanocomposites retain the well-ordered structure of the matrix with cubic symmetry of pores. All nanocomposites prepared were tested for the production of carbon nanotubes by catalytic chemical vapour deposition. Transmission electron microscopy points out that good quality multi-walled carbon nanotubes are obtained.

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