Carbon nanotubes as nanoelectromechanical systems components

Susan B. Sinnott, Narayan R. Aluru

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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can function as metallic or semiconducting conductors, have great stiffness in the axial direction, and can readily absorb gases and liquids into their hollow interiors. This combination of properties makes CNTs natural components for future nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). This chapter reviews recent computational and experimental work that investigates and establishes the properties of nanotubes that will be relevant to their use in NEMS devices. The focus is on nanofluidic behavior of gases, and liquids confined to CNT or bundle interiors, the mechanical, and thermal properties of CNTs, and electronic transport in CNTs. The challenges and opportunities inherent in producing NEMS devices from CNT components are also discussed in the chapter. © 2006

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCarbon Nanotechnology
Number of pages128
ISBN (Print)9780444518552
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering


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