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Posted: Nov 21, 2010
Emerging applications of carbon nanotubes
(Nanowerk News) Jan M. Schnorr and Timothy M. Swager from the Department of Chemistry and Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT have published an overview of a variety of applications that are based on the unique properties of pristine as well as functionalized carbon nanotubes ("Emerging Applications of Carbon Nanotubes").
On the basis of their unique electrical and mechanical properties, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted great attention in recent years. A diverse array of methods has been developed to modify CNTs and to assemble them into devices. On the basis of these innovations, many applications that include the use of CNTs have been demonstrated. Transparent electrodes for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, and CNT-based electronic components such as field-effect transistors (FETs) have been demonstrated. Furthermore, CNTs have been employed in catalysis and sensing as well as filters and mechanical and biomedical applications. This review highlights illustrative examples from these areas to give an overview of applications of CNTs.
The authors note, though, that the intense research on CNT applications creates a dynamic situation with new discoveries being made constantly, hence it is impossible to cover all published and noteworthy work. As a result, they highlight illustrative examples from the main areas of CNT-based applications.