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Flipping Carbon Nanotubes to Continuously Produce Strong, Transparent, Multifunctional Sheets

[+] Author Affiliations
Mei Zhang, Shaoli Fang, Anvar A. Zakhidov, Sergey B. Lee, Ali E. Aliev, Christopher D. Williams, Ray H. Baughman

University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

Ken R. Atkinson

CSIRO Textile & Fibre Technology, Belmont, VIC, Australia

Paper No. NANO2005-87091, pp. 79-81; 3 pages
doi:10.1115/NANO2005-87091
From:
  • ASME 4th Integrated Nanosystems Conference
  • Design, Synthesis, and Applications
  • Berkeley, California, USA, September 12–14, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4208-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3771-8
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME

abstract

We demonstrate carbon nanotube assembly by cooperatively rotating carbon nanotubes in vertically-oriented nanotube arrays (forests) and make 5-centimeter-wide, meter-long transparent sheets. These self-supporting nanotube sheets are initially formed as a highly anisotropic electronically conducting aerogel that can be densified into strong sheets that are as thin as 50 nanometers. The measured gravimetric strength of orthogonally oriented sheet arrays exceeds that of high strength steel sheet.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME

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