We report the effect of catalyst pattern geometry on the growth behaviour of carbon nanotube (CNT) vertical arrays. Larger patterns are seen to produce longer CNT arrays. We show that this is predominantly related to the pattern size dependence of the number of walls and relate this to the local availability of carbon feedstock species. In addition, the vertical alignment of CNT pillar arrays is seen to depend on the pattern design, in particular the relationship between the pillar dimension and the inter-pillar spacing.
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Financial support from Vetenskapsrådet, the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation, STINT, SSF and the Göteborg University Nanoparticles Platform is gratefully acknowledged.