Lithographic techniques for and electrical transport in single-walled carbon nanotubes
Cox, Michael Ellis
Rimberg, Alexander J.
Master of Science
A technique for positioning single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) at a specific location on a substrate has been developed. Self-assembled monolayers were used in conjunction with electron-beam lithography to produce patterned regions of --NH2 terminated organosilanes. SWNTs adhere to the --NH2 terminated patterns, allowing these positioned tubes to be electrically contacted with macroscopic gold leads. I-V Characteristics were measured for both annealed and nonannealed SWNTs contacted in this fashion. The lithographic technique works extremely well with nonannealed nanotubes; however, such tubes exhibit highly insulating electrical characteristics. Conversely SWNTs annealed at 1100°C for 30 minutes have electrical characteristics in agreement with predictions, but are not attracted to the --NH 2 terminated patterns.
Condensed matter physics