Since their discovery more than a decade ago, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have held scientists and engineers in captive fascination, seated on the verge of enormous breakthroughs in areas such as medicine, electronics, and materials science, to name but a few. Taking a broad look at CNTs and the tools used to study them, Carbon Nanotubes: Properties and Applications comprises the efforts of leading nanotube researchers led by Michael O’Connell, protégé of the late father of nanotechnology, Richard Smalley. Each chapter is a self-contained treatise on various aspects of CNT synthesis, characterization, modification, and applications.

The book opens with a general introduction to the basic characteristics and the history of CNTs, followed by discussions on synthesis methods and the growth of “peapod” structures. Coverage then moves to electronic properties and band structures of single-wall nanotubes (SWNTs), magnetic properties, Raman spectroscopy of electronic and chemical behavior, and electromechanical properties and applications in NEMS (nanoelectromechanical systems). Turning to applications, the final sections of the book explore mechanical properties of SWNTs spun into fibers, sidewall functionalization in composites, and using SWNTs as tips for scanning probe microscopes.

Taking a fresh look at this burgeoning field, Carbon Nanotubes: Properties and Applications points the way toward making CNTs commercially viable.

chapter 1|17 pages

The element carbon

ByFrank Hennirch, Candace Chan, Valerie Moore, Marco Rolandi, Mike O’Connel

chapter 2|32 pages

Synthesis of carbon nanotubes

ByDavid Mann

chapter 3|32 pages

Carbon nanotube peapod materials

BySatishkumar B. Chikkannanavar, Brian W. Smith, David E. Luzzi

chapter 4|36 pages

Carbon nanotube electronics and devices

ByMarcus Freitag

chapter 5|34 pages

Magnetic properties

ByJunichiro Kono, Stephan Roche

chapter 6|34 pages

Raman spectroscopy of single-walled carbon nanotubes: probing electronic and chemical behavior

ByStephen K. Doorn, Daniel Heller, Monica Usrey, Paul Barone, Michael S. Strano

chapter 7|26 pages

Electromechanical properties and applications of carbon nanotubes

ByRandal J. Grow

chapter 8|62 pages

Carbon nanotube-enabled materials

ByHan Gi Chae, Jing Liu, Satish Kumar

chapter 9|20 pages

Functionalized carbon nanotubes in composites *

ByChristopher A. Dyke, James M. Tour

chapter 10|20 pages

Carbon nanotube tips for scanning probe microscopy

ByC. Patrick Collier