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Aligned carbon nanotube-polymer hybrid architectures for diverse flexible electronic applications

Jung, Y. J. and Kar, S and Talapatra, S and Soldano, C and Viswanathan, G and Li, X. S. and Yao, Z. L. and Ou, F. S. and Avadhanula, A and Vajtai, R and Curran, S and Nalamasu, O and Ajayan, Pulickel M. (2006) Aligned carbon nanotube-polymer hybrid architectures for diverse flexible electronic applications. NANO LETTERS, 6 (3). pp. 413-418.

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We present the fabrication and electrical characterization of a flexible hybrid composite structure using aligned multiwall carbon nanotube arrays in a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) matrix. Using lithographically patterned nanotube arrays, one can make these structures at any length scale from submicrometer levels to bulk quantities. The PDMS matrix undergoes excellent conformal filling within the dense nanotube network, giving rise to extremely flexible conducting structures with unique electromechanical properties. We demonstrate its robustness against high stress conditions, under which the composite is found to retain its conducting nature. We also demonstrate that these structures can be utilized directly as flexible field-emission devices. Our devices show some of the best field-enhancement factors and turn-on electric fields reported so far.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Functional and hybrid materials
Physical Science > Nanoelectronics
ID Code:2761
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:14 Jan 2009 16:05
Last Modified:18 Feb 2009 17:14

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