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100 amps of electricity crackle in a vacuum chamber, creating a
spark that transforms carbon vapor into tiny structures. Depending
on the conditions, these structures can be shaped like little,
60-atom soccer balls, or like rolled-up tubes of atoms, arranged
in a chicken-wire pattern, with rounded ends. These tiny, carbon
nanotubes, discovered by Sumio Iijima at NEC labs in 1991, have
amazing properties. They are 100 times stronger than steel, but
weigh only one-sixth as much. They are incredibly resilient
under physical stress; even when kinked to a 120-degree angle,
they will bounce back to their original form, undamaged. And
they can carry electrical current at levels that would vaporize
ordinary copper wires.
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A Gentle Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
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13 Feb 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark A. Ratner
While the Greek root nano just means dwarf, the nanoscale has become a giant focus of contemporary science and technology. We will examine the fundamental issues underlying the excitement...
A New Terahertz Heterodyne Detector Based on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
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01 Sep 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Sigfrid Yngvesson
We present non-invasive methods for improving the sensitivity of label-free biosensors that offer the advantage of rapid and real-time detection but suffer from relatively low sensitivity. We...
An Electrical Engineering Perspective on Molecular Electronics
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26 Oct 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
After forty years of advances in integrated circuit technology, microelectronics is undergoing a transformation to nanoelectronics. Modern day MOSFETs now have channel lengths that are less than...
Atomic Force Microscopy
29 Nov 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Arvind Raman
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is an indispensible tool in nano science for the fabrication, metrology, manipulation, and property characterization of nanostructures. This tutorial reviews some of...
Atomistic Modeling of the Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials
23 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): SeongJun Heo, Susan Sinnott
The mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes are studied by using classical molecular dynamics simulations. Especially, the effects of filling, temperature, and functionalization on CNT's...
Bending Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
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21 Mar 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): SeongJun Heo, Susan Sinnott
The effect of filling carbon nanotubes on the mechanical, especially bending, behavior of empty and filled (10,10) carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is examined using classical, atomistic, molecular...
BME 695L Lecture 5: Nanomaterials for Core Design
03 Oct 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): James Leary
See references below for related reading.
5.1.1 core building blocks
BNC Annual Research Symposium: Nanoelectronics and Semiconductor Devices
23 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): David Janes
This presentation is part of a collection of presentations describing the projects, people, and capabilities enhanced by research performed in the Birck Center, and a look at plans for the...
BNC Annual Research Symposium: Nanoscale Energy Conversion
23 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
BNC Research Review: Carbon Nanotubes as Nucleic Acid Carriers
04 Jun 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Don Bergstrom
Carbon Nanotechnology: Scientific and Technological Issues
07 Apr 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Joe Lyding
Carbon nanotechnologies based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and graphene (a single atomic layer of graphite) are being pursued for a wide range of technological...
Carbon-Based Nanoswitch Logic
28 Mar 2013 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Stephen A. Campbell
This talk discusses a rather surprising possibility: the use of carbon-based materials such as carbon nanotubes and grapheneto make nanomechanical switches with at least an order of magnitude...
Chemically Enhanced Carbon-Based Nanomaterials and Devices
09 Nov 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Hersam
Carbon-based nanomaterials have attracted significant attention due to their potential to enable and/or improve applications such as transistors, transparent conductors, solar cells, batteries,...
CMOS-Nano Hybrid Technology: a nanoFPGA-related study
04 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Wei Wang
Dr. Wei Wang received his PhD degree in 2002 from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2002 to 2004, he was an assistant professor in the...
Dendrimer-Templated Catalyst for Controlled Growth of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes by Plasma-Enhanced CVD
21 Feb 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Placidus Amama
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are an important class of materials with several technological applications because they possess unparalleled properties in terms of ballistic electrical conductivity,...
Dynamics on the Nanoscale: Time-domain ab initio studies of quantum dots, carbon nanotubes and molecule-semiconductor interfaces
01 Feb 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Oleg Prezhdo
Device miniaturization requires an understanding of the dynamical response of materials on the nanometer scale. A great deal of experimental and theoretical work has been devoted to characterizing...
ECET 499N Lecture 10: Nanomaterials
12 Apr 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Helen McNally
ECET 499N Lecture 11: Carbon Nanotubes - Synthesis and Applications
12 Apr 2010 | Online Presentations
Guest Lecture: Sungwon S. Kim
EDA Challenges in Nanoscale Design: A Synopsys Perspective
11 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Rich Goldman
Rich Goldman gives an overview of the current state of
the semiconductor and EDA (Electronic Design Automation) industry with a
special focus on the impact of nanometer scale design on design...
Electrodeposition of Palladium as an Ohmic Contact for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
03 Aug 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Brent Penque, David Janes
Carbon nanotubes are being researched extensively for their unique conductive properties. Controlled growth of vertical single-walled carbon nanotubes, however, has not yet been possible. This...