Diamond deposition was attempted on polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fiber and vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF). PAN fibers were severely etched in a microwave plasma, whereas diamond was successfully deposited on VGCF. A diamond growth rate of 0.1 /im/h on VGCF was determined at a gas mixture of 99.9 sccm H2/0.1 sccm CH4 and a pressure of 30 Torr. It is proposed that diamond formation on VGCF occurs on not only the prism planes, but also the basal planes owing to the unique structure of VGCF. An explanation is proposed to explain diamond nucleation on the basal planes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering