Engineering Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Inside a Transmission Electron Microscope Using Nanorobotic Manipulation

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Author(s)

  • Kaiyu Shou
  • Dominic R. Frutiger
  • Arunkumar Subramanian
  • Li Zhang
  • Bradley J. Nelson
  • Xinyong Tao
  • Xiaobin Zhang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-517
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology
Volume7
Issue number4
Online published30 May 2008
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This paper provides a review of recent experimental techniques developed for shell engineering individual multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs). Basic processes for the nanorobotic manipulation of MWNTs inside a transmission electron microscope are investigated. MWNTs, bamboo-structured carbon nanotubes (CNTs), Cu-filled CNTs, and CNTs with quantum dots attached are used as test structures for manipulation. Picking is realized using van der Waals forces, "sticky" probes, electron-beam-induced deposition, and electric breakdown. Cap opening and shell shortening are presented using field emission current. Controlled peeling and thinning of the shells of MWNTs are achieved by electric breakdown, and changes in MWNT structures are correlated with electrical measurements. These processes are fundamental for the characterization of nanoscale materials, the structuring of nanosized building blocks, and the prototyping of nanoelectromechanical systems.

Research Area(s)

  • Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), Nanorobotic manipulation, Shell engineering, Transmission electron microscope (TEM)

Citation Format(s)

Engineering Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Inside a Transmission Electron Microscope Using Nanorobotic Manipulation. / Dong, Lixin; Shou, Kaiyu; Frutiger, Dominic R.; Subramanian, Arunkumar; Zhang, Li; Nelson, Bradley J.; Tao, Xinyong; Zhang, Xiaobin.

In: IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 7, No. 4, 07.2008, p. 508-517.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review