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Posted: Dec 23, 2010
Nanoscience Instruments Announces Worldwide Distribution of a New Benchtop Carbon Nanotube Synthesis Device
(Nanowerk News) Nanoscience Instruments announces worldwide distribution of a new benchtop carbon nanotube synthesis device. The Nanotech Innovations SSP-354 is a low-cost system for producing high-quality, multi-walled carbon nanotubes. The device uses an injection CVD process developed at NASA and is integrated into an instrument small enough to fit in a fume hood. The system can produce research-quality, multi-wall carbon nanotubes within a few hours.
Carbon Nanotube Synthesizer.
The SSP-354 CNT system was designed with both affordability and ease of use in mind. The user injects Nanotech Innovations' organometallic precursor solution into a two-zone furnace where iron catalyst particles are formed. Once growth is catalyzed, the nanotubes form on the surface of a quartz process tube, which is later removed to collect the material. The nanotubes average 50 nm in diameter and can be anywhere from several micrometers to a few hundred micrometers in length, depending on operating parameters.
Because the innovative design eliminates many of the steps normally required in producing CNTs, the system is ideal for educational environments where students may be trained to both produce and characterize carbon nanotubes. "The SSP-354 CNT system is a great complement to our easy to use AFMs" says Mark Flowers, director at Nanoscience Instruments. "We can now provide simple and cost-effective nanomaterial fabrication along with our line of characterization tools."
About Nanoscience Instruments
Nanoscience Instruments, Inc. provides hundreds of products and services for nanoscience and supports research and engineering at universities, government laboratories, and industrial R&D facilities around the world. Product offerings include atomic force microscopes, 3D optical profilometers, and accessories for these and other high resolution microscopy techniques. Nanoscience offers a broad line of consumables and fabrication devices that include AFM probes, CNT synthesis devices, chemicals for surface modification, STM supplies and teaching materials & samples. More information can be found at nanoscience.com.
About Nanotech Innovations
Nanotech Innovations, LLC was formed in 2005 to commercialize the NASA technology that is at the heart of the SSP-354 system and process. The company received the patent in July 2010 and continues to produce systems for sale to the educational and research markets as well as investigate the production of new nanomaterials.