Synthesis of structurally pure carbon nanotubes using molecular seeds

7 agosto 2014

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in «growing» single-wall carbon nanotubes (CNT) with a single predefined structure — and hence with identical electronic properties. And here is how they pulled it off: the CNTs «assembled themselves», as it were, out of tailor-made organic precursor molecules on a platinum surface. In future, CNTs of this kind may be used in ultra-sensitive light detectors and ultra-small transistors.