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EPSRC Reference: GR/R43297/01
Title: Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube Devices
Principal Investigator: Robertson, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Milne, Professor WI Amaratunga, Professor G Fray, Professor D
Windle, Professor A
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Innogy Technology Ventures Ltd Samsung Thomas Swan
Va Tech Reyrolle Distribution Ltd
Department: Engineering
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 25 February 2002 Ends: 24 February 2005 Value (£): 245,327
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Energy
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The technological exploitation of the remarkable mechanical properties, electronic properties and shape of carbon nanotubes has so far been somewhat limited by the lack of a low cost production route and the difficulty of processing them into functional materials and devices. This project aims to develop processing and controlled growth technologies for carbon nanotubes. Nanotubes will be functionalised by grafting with side-wall alkane groups to allow their separation, dissolution and processing. Aligned carbon nanotubes will be grown by microwave plasma deposition. The growth location is controlled by the positioning of self-assembled dots of Ni catalyst. The devices to be fabricated include super-capacitors, electrodes, actuators and field emission-based vacuum power switches,. Functionalised nanotubes will also be developed for polymer/nanotube composites.
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