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Carbon Nanotube Lecture on Nov 1st at MIT

Dr. John Hart from MIT is giving a carbon nanotube (CNT) tutorial at the International Symposoum on Nanomanufacturing (ISNM) at MIT on November 1st, Wednesday. Please see the following if you are interested.


Carbon Nanotubes: Fundamentals, synthesis, and applications

Dr. John Hart, MIT
November 1st
9.00 am - 12.30pm (with 1 break)

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are long molecular structures having exceptional electronic, thermal, and mechanical properties. These properties, along with application-oriented characteristics such as high surface area, diverse capabilities for chemical modification and functionalization, and strong interactions with polymers and composite host materials, are generating widespread interest in CNTs for applications ranging from transistors and memory devices, to large-scale aerospace structures. This course will provide a broad introduction to the science, synthesis, and applications of CNTs. The major topics are:
- The structure of CNTs in relation to other types of carbon fibers and filaments, and a brief history of their development.
- A theoretical treatment of the fundamental properties of CNTs as related to their atomic structure, and a review of experimental characterization of these properties.
- Methods of CNT synthesis, particularly catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CVD); methods of control of CNT diameter, alignment, and orientation by selection of the process parameters and by use of external fields during growth.
- Post-growth processing and organization of CNTs: separation, functionalization, sorting, printing, making electrical and thermal contact, etc.
- Emerging applications of CNTs in electronic devices, microsystems, thermal management materials, and composite materials.
- Perspectives on the scalability of CNT properties (e.g., can we make a macroscopic “quantum wire”) current research and practical challenges for the nanotube field, and prospects for further commercial growth.

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