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Print the story http://www.physorg.com/printnews.php?newsid=82032933 1 of 3 9/28/2007 1:47 PM

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1 of 3 9/28/2007 1:47 PM
New Techniques Pave Way for Carbon Nanotubes in Electronic Devices
Carbon nanotubes attached to a thin metal wire. Rensselaer/Swastik Kar
Many of the vaunted applications of carbon nanotubes require the
ability to attach these super-tiny cylinders to electrically conductive
surfaces, but to date researchers have only been successful in creating
high-resistance interfaces between nanotubes and substrates. Now a
team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute reports two new techniques,
each following a different approach, for placing carbon nanotube
patterns on metal surfaces of just about any shape and size.
The results, which appear in separate papers from the November issue of
Nature Nanotechnology and the Oct. 16 issue of Applied Physics Letters
(APL), could help overcome some of the key hurdles to using carbon
nanotubes in computer chips, displays, sensors, and many other electronic
"Carbon nanotubes offer promising applications in fields ranging from
electronics to biotechnology," said Saikat Talapatra, a postdoctoral research
associate with the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center and lead author of the
Nature Nanotechnology paper. But since many of these applications are


Source: Ajayan, Pulickel M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University


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