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Design, Synthesis, and Performance of a Carbon Nanotube/Metal Foil Thermal Interface Material

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Baratunde A. Cola, Xianfan Xu, Timothy S. Fisher

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. MNC2007-21418, pp. 133-136; 4 pages
  • 2007 First International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems
  • First International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems, Parts A and B
  • Sanya, Hainan, China, January 10–13, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4265-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3794-7
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The thermal performance of an interface material comprised of a metal foil with dense, vertically oriented carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays synthesized on both of its surfaces is characterized for rough and smooth interfaces. The CNT/foil deforms in the interfaces by two mechanisms, CNT deformation and foil deformation, that may significantly increase the number of CNT contact spots on both sides of the foil. As a result, the thermal conduction at the CNT-array-free-tip interfaces is greatly increased from previous measurements.

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