Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 49, Issue 20, pp 7080–7086 | Cite as

Freestanding foils of nanotube arrays fused with metals

  • Vasiliki Z. Poenitzsch
  • Keith A. Slinker
  • Dustin W. Miles
  • Michael A. Miller
  • Ronghua Wei
  • Kent E. Coulter
  • Slade H. Gardner


Novel freestanding foils of vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays (VANTAs) fused with metals are fabricated in a scalable four-step process of (1) VANTA synthesis, (2) deposition of partially infused metal film, (3) removal from growth substrate, and (4) optional deposition of a second metal film on the back side. Mechanical and electrical testing demonstrates excellent contact between the VANTA and the interface-infused metal layers.


Carbon nanotube Carbon nanotube array Composite Interface Metal 



At Southwest Research Institute, we would like to thank Jim Riggs for his work on the sputter depositions and Jason Patton for his help with mechanical testing. At Lockheed Martin, we would like to thank Ken Cluck and Stephen Wood for their work on the nanotube synthesis equipment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vasiliki Z. Poenitzsch
    • 1
  • Keith A. Slinker
    • 2
  • Dustin W. Miles
    • 2
  • Michael A. Miller
    • 1
  • Ronghua Wei
    • 1
  • Kent E. Coulter
    • 1
  • Slade H. Gardner
    • 3
  1. 1.Southwest Research InstituteSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Advanced Development ProgramsLockheed Martin Aeronautics CompanyFort WorthUSA
  3. 3.Space Systems Company, STAR LabsPalo AltoUSA

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