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Orthogonally-Oriented Nanotube Arrays: Theory

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A novel surface involving ordered arrays of partially-embedded carbon nanotubes is developed theoretically. Analysis indicates it should exhibit ultra-low values for friction, adhesion and wear, and also possess superior thermal and electrical properties. The surface consists of orthogonally-oriented, self-assembling arrays of carbon nanotubes, partially embedded lengthwise in a solid substrate. Calculations indicate that stiction forces due to van der Waals interactions can be made small, perhaps more than an order of magnitude less than for Teflon and other advanced perfluorocarbons. Static and kinetic frictional forces could be three orders of magnitude less than for conventional solids.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 1, 2006

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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