Multicomponent and Multidimensional Carbon Nanotube Micropatterns by Dry Contact Transfer

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Abstract:

One of the critical aspects of nanotechnology is to assemble different nanoscale components into a single system. In such a multicomponent system, the overall functionality depends strongly on the precise location and structural characteristics of each of the constituent components. In this context, we have prepared multicomponent micropatterns of silica particles interposed within the discrete areas of aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes. The patterns were fabricated by dry contact transferring aligned carbon nanotubes onto a tape pre-patterned with a thin layer of gold structure, followed by region-specific adsorption of thiol-modified silica particles onto the gold surface from solution. The dry contact transfer technique has further enabled us to develop micropatterns of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes with interdispersed non-aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes and microsized carbon fibers sheathed with micropatterned aligned carbon nanotubes.

Keywords: CARBON FIBERS; CARBON NANOTUBES; DRY CONTACT TRANSFER; MICROPATTERNING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2007.341

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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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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