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Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes

Jakob Buchheim, Hyung Gyu Park
Polymer melt infiltration is one of the feasible methods for manufacturing filter membranes out of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on large scales. Practically, however, its process suffers from low yields, and the mechanism behind this failure is rather poorly understood. Here, we investigate a failure mechanism of polymer melt infiltration of vertical aligned (VA-) CNTs. In penetrating the VA-CNT interstices, polymer melts exert a capillarity-induced attractive force laterally on CNTs at the moving meniscus, leading to locally agglomerated macroscale bunches...
October 13, 2016: Nanotechnology
Yin-Ting Yeh, Yi Tang, Aswathy Sebastian, Archi Dasgupta, Nestor Perea-Lopez, Istvan Albert, Huaguang Lu, Mauricio Terrones, Si-Yang Zheng
Viral infectious diseases can erupt unpredictably, spread rapidly, and ravage mass populations. Although established methods, such as polymerase chain reaction, virus isolation, and next-generation sequencing have been used to detect viruses, field samples with low virus count pose major challenges in virus surveillance and discovery. We report a unique carbon nanotube size-tunable enrichment microdevice (CNT-STEM) that efficiently enriches and concentrates viruses collected from field samples. The channel sidewall in the microdevice was made by growing arrays of vertically aligned nitrogen-doped multiwalled CNTs, where the intertubular distance between CNTs could be engineered in the range of 17 to 325 nm to accurately match the size of different viruses...
October 2016: Science Advances
Moses Oguntoye, Michael Johnson, Lawrence R Pratt, Noshir S Pesika
We explore the use of vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VACNT) arrays as an electrode in a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) that harvests mechanical energy and converts it to electrical energy. When VACNT arrays, 1 cm2 in area, are mechanically contacted with PET and PTFE counter electrodes in vertical contact-separation mode, currents up to 0.16 µA and 0.21 µA, and voltages up to 1.42 V and 3.20 V are obtained, respectively. The VACNT TENG output remains stable even after over 20,000 continuous contact cycles...
October 4, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Tomohiro Tajiri, Ryosuke Matsuzaki, Yoshinobu Shimamura
The flow rate of water through carbon nanotube (CNT) membranes is considerably large. Hence, CNT membranes can be used in nanofluidic applications. In this work, we performed a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of the introduction of water into CNTs in the CNT membranes, especially in vertically aligned CNT forests. The results showed that the Knudsen number (Kn) increased with an increasing volume fraction of CNT (VC) and was greater than 10(-3) for each VC. Beyond this value, the flow became a slip flow...
August 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mingkai Liu, Yuqing Liu, Yuting Zhang, Yiliao Li, Peng Zhang, Yan Yan, Tianxi Liu
A novel binder-free graphene - carbon nanotubes - SnO2 (GCNT-SnO2) aerogel with vertically aligned pores was prepared via a simple and efficient directional freezing method. SnO2 octahedrons exposed of {221} high energy facets were uniformly distributed and tightly anchored on multidimensional graphene/carbon nanotube (GCNT) composites. Vertically aligned pores can effectively prevent the emersion of "closed" pores which cannot load the active SnO2 nanoparticles, further ensure quick immersion of electrolyte throughout the aerogel, and can largely shorten the transport distance between lithium ions and active sites of SnO2...
August 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Samarth Trivedi, Kamal Alameh
In this paper, vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VACNT) membranes of different densities are developed and their performances are investigated. VACNT arrays of densities 5 × 10(9), 10(10), 5 × 10(10) and 10(11) tubes cm(-2), are initially grown on 1 cm × 1 cm silicon substrates using chemical vapour deposition. A VACNT membrane is realised by attaching a 300 μm-thick 1 cm × 1 cm VACNT array on silicon to a 4″ glass substrate, applying polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) through spin coating to fill the gaps between the VACNTs, and using a microtome to slice the VACNT-PDMS composite into 25-μm-thick membranes...
2016: SpringerPlus
O Yilmazoglu, S Yadav, D Cicek, J J Schneider
A design for a unique artificial-hair-cell-type sensor (AHCTS) based entirely on 3D-structured, vertically aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) bundles is introduced. Standard microfabrication techniques were used for the straightforward micro-nano integration of vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays composed of low-layer multi-walled CNTs (two to six layers). The mechanical properties of the carbon nanotube bundles were intensively characterized with regard to various substrates and CNT morphology, e.g. bundle height...
September 9, 2016: Nanotechnology
Shota Takagiwa, Osamu Kanasugi, Kentaro Nakamura, Masahito Kushida
In order to apply vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes (VA-CNTs) to a new Pt supporting material of polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC), number density and outer diameter of CNTs must be controlled independently. So, we employed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique for depositing CNT growth catalysts. A Fe nanoparticle (NP) was used as a CNT growth catalyst. In this study, we tried to thicken VA-CNT carpet height and inhibit thermal aggregation of Fe NPs by using Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si substrate. Fe NP LB films were deposited on three typed of substrates, SiO2/Si, as-deposited Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si and annealed Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si at 923 K in Ar atmosphere of 16 Pa...
April 2016: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Chunyuan Lu, Qi Dong, Kelimu Tulugan, Yeong Min Park, Mahendra A More, Jaeho Kim, Tae Gyu Kim
In this research, catalyst-free vertically aligned boron doped carbon nanowalls films were fabricated on silicon (100) substrates by MPECVD using feeding gases CH4, H2 and B2H6 (diluted with H2 to 5% vol) as precursors. The substrates were pre-seeded with nanodiamond colloid. The fabricated CNWs films were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Raman Spectroscopy. The data obtained from SEM confirms that the CNWs films have different density and wall thickness. From Raman spectrum, a G peak around 1588 cm(-1) and a D band peak at 1362 cm(-1) were observed, which indicates a successful fabrication of CNWs films...
February 2016: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Sanju Rani, Pramod H Borse, Alka Pareek, N Rajalakshmi, K S Dhathathreyan
Highly aligned, vertically oriented, TiO2 nanotube arrays fabricated by electrochemical anodization were functionalised by carbon quantum dots (CQD) synthesized by an electrochemical reduction technique. Here, we report the photo-electrochemical properties of such TiO2 nanotubes array-CQD composite material and it has been found that the properties are significantly enhanced compared to that in pristine (bare) nanotubes. The TiO2 nanotubes were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, whereas the CQD samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, optical absorption spectroscopy...
June 2016: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Shuangxi Sun, Wei Mu, Michael Edwards, Davide Mencarelli, Luca Pierantoni, Yifeng Fu, Kjell Jeppson, Johan Liu
For future miniaturization of electronic systems using 3D chip stacking, new fine-pitch materials for through-silicon-via (TSV) applications are likely required. In this paper, we propose a novel carbon nanotube (CNT)/copper nanocomposite material consisting of high aspect ratio, vertically aligned CNT bundles coated with copper. These bundles, consisting of hundreds of tiny CNTs, were uniformly coated by copper through electroplating, and aspect ratios as high as 300:1 were obtained. The resistivity of this nanomaterial was found to be as low as ∼10(-8) Ω m, which is of the same order of magnitude as the resistivity of copper, and its temperature coefficient was found to be only half of that of pure copper...
August 19, 2016: Nanotechnology
Haider Almkhelfe, Jennifer Carpena-Núñez, Tyson C Back, Placidus B Amama
Low-temperature chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of carbon nanotube (CNT) carpets from Fe and Fe-Cu catalysts using a gaseous product mixture from Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS-GP) as a superior carbon feedstock is demonstrated. This growth approach addresses a persistent issue of obtaining thick CNT carpets on temperature-sensitive substrates at low temperatures using a non-plasma CVD approach without catalyst pretreatment and/or preheating of the carbon feedstock. The efficiency of the process is evidenced by the highly dense, vertically aligned CNT structures from both Fe and Fe-Cu catalysts even at temperatures as low as 400 °C - a record low growth temperature for CNT carpets obtained via conventional thermal CVD...
July 21, 2016: Nanoscale
R M Silva, M C Ferro, J R Araujo, C A Achete, G Clavel, R F Silva, N Pinna
Zinc oxide thin films were deposited on vertically aligned nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (N-CNTs) by atomic layer deposition (ALD) from diethylzinc and water. The study demonstrates that doping CNTs with nitrogen is an effective approach for the "activation" of the CNTs surface for the ALD of metal oxides. Conformal ZnO coatings are already obtained after 50 ALD cycles, whereas at lower ALD cycles an island growth mode is observed. Moreover, the process allows for a uniform growth from the top to the bottom of the vertically aligned N-CNT arrays...
July 19, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Luiz Acauan, Anna C Dias, Marcelo B Pereira, Flavio Horowitz, Carlos P Bergmann
The chemical inertness of carbon nanotubes (CNT) requires some degree of "defect engineering" for controlled deposition of metal oxides through atomic layer deposition (ALD). The type, quantity, and distribution of such defects rules the deposition rate and defines the growth behavior. In this work, we employed ALD to grow titanium oxide (TiO2) on vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNT). The effects of nitrogen doping and oxygen plasma pretreatment of the CNT on the morphology and total amount of TiO2 were systematically studied using transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis...
June 29, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Seyyed Shayan Meysami, Panagiotis Dallas, Jude Britton, Juan G Lozano, Adrian T Murdock, Claudio Ferraro, Eduardo Saiz Gutierrez, Niek Rijnveld, Philip Holdway, Kyriakos Porfyrakis, Nicole Grobert
Herewith, we report the influence of post-synthesis heat treatment (≤2350 °C and plasma temperatures) on the crystal structure, defect density, purity, alignment and dispersibility of free-standing large-area (several cm(2)) carpets of ultra-long (several mm) vertically aligned multi-wall carbon nanotubes (VA-MWCNTs). VA-MWCNTs were produced in large quantities (20-30 g per batch) using a semi-scaled-up aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) setup. Electron and X-ray diffraction showed that the heat treatment at 2350 °C under inert atmosphere purifies, removes residual catalyst particles, and partially aligns adjacent single crystals (crystallites) in polycrystalline MWCNTs...
June 9, 2016: Nanoscale
Xuyang Wang, Ranran Wang, Qiang Wu, Xiaohua Zhang, Zhaohui Yang, Jun Guo, Muzi Chen, Minghua Tang, Yajun Cheng, Haibin Chu
In this paper crystalline noble metallic nanorods including Au and Ag with sub-10 nm diameter, are encapsulated within prealigned and open-ended multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) through an electrodeposition method. As the external surface of CNTs has been insulated by the epoxy the CNT channel becomes the only path for the mass transport as well as the nanoreactor for the metal deposition. Highly crystallized Au and Ag2O nanorods parallel to the radial direction of CNTs are confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray powder diffraction spectroscopy...
July 8, 2016: Nanotechnology
Lin Jing, Roland Yingjie Tay, Hongling Li, Siu Hon Tsang, Jingfeng Huang, Dunlin Tan, Bowei Zhang, Edwin Hang Tong Teo, Alfred Iing Yoong Tok
Vertically aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays have aroused considerable interest because of their remarkable mechanical properties. However, the mechanical behaviour of as-synthesized CNT arrays could vary drastically at a macro-scale depending on their morphologies, dimensions and array density, which are determined by the synthesis method. Here, we demonstrate a coaxial carbon@boron nitride nanotube (C@BNNT) array with enhanced compressive strength and shape recoverability. CNT arrays are grown using a commercially available thermal chemical vapor deposition (TCVD) technique and an outer BNNT with a wall thickness up to 1...
June 7, 2016: Nanoscale
Matthew K Smith, Virendra Singh, Kyriaki Kalaitzidou, Baratunde A Cola
Nanoporous alumina membranes are filled with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and then poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) melt, resulting in nanofibers with nanoconfinement induced coalignment of both MWCNT and polymer chains. The simple sonication process proposed here can achieve vertically aligned arrays of P3HT/MWCNT composite nanofibers with 3 wt % to 55 wt % MWCNT content, measured using thermogravimetric methods. Electrical and thermal transport in the composite nanofibers improves drastically with increasing carbon nanotube content where nanofiber thermal conductivity peaks at 4...
June 15, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sandra Johnen, Frank Meißner, Mario Krug, Thomas Baltz, Ingolf Endler, Wilfried Mokwa, Peter Walter
Background. To analyze the biocompatibility of vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), used as nanomodification to optimize the properties of prostheses-embedded microelectrodes that induce electrical stimulation of surviving retinal cells. Methods. MWCNT were synthesized on silicon wafers. Their growth was achieved by iron particles (Fe) or mixtures of iron-platinum (Fe-Pt) and iron-titanium (Fe-Ti) acting as catalysts. Viability, growth, adhesion, and gene expression of L-929 and retinal precursor (R28) cells were analyzed after nondirect and direct contact...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Xiujun Fan, Ruquan Ye, Zhiwei Peng, Juanjuan Wang, Ailing Fan, Xia Guo
Size-controlled and high-purity 3C-SiC nanoflakes (NFs) are synthesized on the tips of vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VA-CNT) carpets with a hot-filament chemical vapor deposition (HF-CVD) method. The average diameter and height of SiC NFs can be tuned by changing the thickness of per-deposited Si and growth conditions. The growth process of the SiC NFs is suggested to be dominated by a vapor-solid (VS) mechanism. The prepared SiC NFs exhibit quantum-confinement effects, emitting strong violet-blue photoluminescence (PL) under ultraviolet excitation...
June 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
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