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.
Learn more about carbon nanotubes from the many resources on this site, listed below. More information on Carbon nanotubes can be found here.
Nanomaterials: Quantum Dots, Nanowires and Nanotubes
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15 Jul 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy D. Sands
What is a quantum dot? What is a nanowire? What is a nanotube? Why are these interesting and what are their potential applications? How are they made? This presentation is intended to begin to answer these questions while introducing some fundamental concepts such as wave-particle duality,...
Nanodevices: A Bottom-up View
13 Jun 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta
It is common to differentiate between two ways of building a nanodevice: a top-down approach where we start from something big and chisel out what we want and a bottom-up approach where we start from something small like atoms or molecules and assemble what we want.
17 Jun 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Kyeongjae Cho
Easy-to-use interface for designing and analyzing electronic properties of different nano materials
Nanoelectronics: The New Frontier?
18 Apr 2005 | | 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 of only 50 nm, and billion transistor logic chips have arrived. Moore’s Law continues, but the end of MOSFET scaling is...
2005 Molecular Conduction and Sensors Workshop
27 Jul 2005 |
This is the 3rd in a series of annual workshops on Molecular Conduction. The prior workshops have been at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN (2003) and Nothwestern University, Evanston, IL (2004). The workshop has been an informal and open venue for discussing new results, key challenges, and...
2004 Molecular Conduction Workshop
08 Jul 2004 |
The tutorials supplied below were part of the Molecular Conduction Workshop held at Northwestern University in July of 2004.
Interfacing Carbon Nanotubes with Biological Systems: From Biosensors to Cellular Transporters
21 Oct 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Hongjie Dai
This talk will discuss two relatively new topics in carbon nanotube research. The first is nanotubes for chemical and biological sensors, an exploration motivated by the ultra high surface area of single walled carbon nanotubes and the need for label free electronic detectors for a wide range of...
Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube for Interconnects and Nanoelectrode Based Biosensors
15 Apr 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Jun Li
In the past few years, tremendous progress in the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has been made, which enabled the fabrication of various CNT devices for applications in electronics, biomedical techniques, and chemical/biological sensors. We have established a process to grow vertically aligned...
2004 Linking Bio and Nano Symposium
26 Jul 2004 |
Explore ways universities can work together in Bio-NanoTechnology. Discover research opportunities in this emerging area. Network with professionals and researchers who share common interests. Hear the latest on current research topics
SURI 2003 Conference
07 Aug 2003 |
2003 SURI Conference Proceedings
2003 Molecular Conduction Workshop Agenda
09 Jul 2003 |
This workshop brought together leading groups in this field to discuss status and key challenges in molecular electronics. Both experimental and theoretical/modeling efforts were discussed.
Electronic Transport in Semi-conducting Carbon Nanotube Transistor Devices
16 Oct 2003 | | Contributor(s):: Joerg Appenzeller
Recent demonstrations of high performance carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNFETs) highlight their potential for a future nanotube-based electronics. Besides being just a nanometer in diameter, carbon nanotubes offer intrinsic advantages if compared with silicon that are responsible for...
Nanoelectronics/Mechanics With Carbon Nanotubes
26 Feb 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Ji-Yong Park
In this talk, I will present efforts to understand electrical/mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by combining electric transport measurements and the scanning probe microscopy.
Mini-Workshop on Carbon-Nanotube FETs
13 May 2003 |
This informal one-day workshop was intended to discuss theory, modeling, and simulation for CNT-electronics, specifically FETs. The objective was to kick off an NSF-funded project on the modeling and simulatin of CNT-electronics. A small group of experimentalists, theorists, and computational...