|dc.creator||Smalley, Richard E.
Colbert, Daniel T.
Rinzler, Andrew G.
Hafner, Jason H.
Smith, Kenneth A.
This invention relates generally to a forming an array of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) in an electric field and compositions thereof. In one embodiment, a purified bucky paper of single-wall carbon nanotubes is used as the starting material. Upon oxidative treatment of the bucky paper surface, many tube and/or rope ends protrude up from the surface of the paper. Disposing the resulting bucky paper in an electric field results in the protruding tubes and or ropes of single-wall carbon nanotubes aligning in a direction substantially perpendicular to the paper surface. These tubes tend to coalesce to form a molecular array. In another embodiment, a molecular array of SWNTs can be made by “combing” the purified bucky paper starting material with a sharp microscopic tip to align the nanotubes.
Method for forming an array of single-wall carbon nanotubes in an electric field and compositions thereof
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Smalley, Richard E., Colbert, Daniel T., Dai, Hongjie, Liu, Jie, Rinzler, Andrew G., Hafner, Jason H., Smith, Kenneth A., Guo, Ting, Nikolaev, Pavel and Thess, Andreas, "Method for forming an array of single-wall carbon nanotubes in an electric field and compositions thereof." Patent US7087207B2. issued 2006-08-08. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/1911/79918.