Growth of aligned SWNT arrays from water-soluble molecular clusters for nanotube device fabrication

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A simple method to fabricate parallel and/or crossed networks of ultra-long single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) arrays based on carbon monoxide-chemical vapor deposition (CO-CVD) by a “fast-heating” growth process is reported. The catalysts which are water-soluble inorganic molecular clusters containing Fe and Mo atoms can be easily “drawn” on the substrate by an ink pen using the cluster solution as “ink” or transferred by micro-contact printing (µCP) using poly (dimethylsiloxane)(PDMS) elastomer stamp onto substrate. The as-grown SWNTs are millimetres in length with diameters ranging from 0.7 to 2.0 nm and with controllable location and direction. Multi-dimensional crossed-networks of SWNTs can be easily fabricated by multi-step growth processes. Patterning catalysts using water-soluble clusters can be compatible with ink-jet printing techniques for generating large-area well-oriented and precisely-located SWNTs. We have also demonstrated that the ease of patterning and growing aligned nanotube arrays provides a reliable way to fabricate nanotube electronic devices. © the Owner Societies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Huang, S; Fu, Q; An, L; Liu, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2004

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1077 - 1079

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1463-9076

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1039/b315892f

Citation Source

  • Scopus