Nanoengineering of Carbon Nanotubes and the Status of its Applications

Abstract

We have developed a well-controlled method for manipulating carbon nanotubes. The first crucial process involved is to prepare a nanotube array, named nanotube cartridge. We have found the ac electrophoresis of nanotubes by which nanotubes are aligned at the knife-edge. The nanotubes used were multiwalled and prepared by an arc discharge with a relatively high gas temperature. The second important process is to transfer a nanotube from the nanotube cartridge onto a substrate in a scanning electron microscope. Using this method, we have developed nanotube tips and nanotube tweezers that operate in a scanning probe microscope. The nanotube probes have been applied for observation of biological samples and industrial samples to clarify their advantages. The nanotube tweezers have demonstrated their motion in scanning-electron-microscope and operated to carry nanomaterials in a scanning probe microscope.

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Nakayama, Y., Akita, S. Nanoengineering of Carbon Nanotubes and the Status of its Applications. MRS Online Proceedings Library 706, 1111 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-706-Z11.1.1

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