Carbon nanotube: Controlled synthesis determines its future

  • Shuchen Zhang (张树辰)
  • Liu Qian (钱柳)
  • Qiuchen Zhao (赵秋辰)
  • Zequn Wang (王泽群)
  • Dewu Lin (林德武)
  • Weiming Liu (刘伟铭)
  • Yabin Chen (陈亚彬)
  • Jin Zhang (张锦)Email author


Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have received broad attention in the past decades due to their excellent physical and chemical properties and thus been regarded as a powerful candidate for future star-materials. Although various CNT products and their related applications have been demonstrated recently, their performance can hardly meet the researchers’ expectations compared with their theoretical properties. The current predicament is caused by the immature synthesis method, including the basic science and the producing technology. As the synthesis with controlled structures determines its future, this review summarizes the progress on the basic research and industrialization of CNTs in the past decades, including the fine structure control, aggregation status design and scale-up production, and further points out the way for the future development of CNTs combining with specific applications.


carbon nanotubes structure-controlled synthesis scale-up synthesis applications 

碳纳米管: 可控制备决定未来


在过去几十年中, 碳纳米管由于其优异的物理和化学性质而备受关注, 被认为是一个强有力的未来明星材料. 尽管基于碳纳米管的诸多产品及应用实例相继浮现, 但是碳纳米管所呈现出的实际性质与理论值之间依然存在较大差异, 无法达到研究者的预期, 这源自于目前尚未成熟的控制制备技术. 碳纳米管的可控制备技术包括结构的精细控制方法和样品的宏量制备技术, 这在很大程度上决定了碳纳米管的未来发展前景. 基于此, 本文概述了近几十年来研究者们在碳纳米管的精细结构控制、聚合状态设计和样品宏量制备等方面的主要进展, 进一步指出了碳纳米管未来的可控制备技术必须与特定化的应用紧密结合, 以迎接即将来临的产业化时代.



This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2016YFA0200101 and 2016YFA0200104), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51432002, 21790052 and 51720105003), Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Planning Project (Z161100002116026), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (8201400852 and 8201400892), and the National Program for Thousand Young Talents of China.

Author contributions

Zhang S, Qian L, Zhao Q, Wang Z, Lin D, Liu W, Zhang J conceived the study and organized the manuscript; Zhang J, Zhang S, Qian L, Chen Y contributed to discussion and revised the manuscript.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shuchen Zhang (张树辰)
    • 1
  • Liu Qian (钱柳)
    • 1
  • Qiuchen Zhao (赵秋辰)
    • 1
  • Zequn Wang (王泽群)
    • 1
  • Dewu Lin (林德武)
    • 1
  • Weiming Liu (刘伟铭)
    • 1
  • Yabin Chen (陈亚彬)
    • 2
  • Jin Zhang (张锦)
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Nanochemistry, Beijing Science and Engineering Center for Nanocarbons, Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, College of Chemistry and Molecular EngineeringPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Aerospace EngineeringBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingChina

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