Multicomponent and multidimensional carbon nanotube micropatterns by dry contact transfer

Junbing Yang, Liangti Qu, Ye Zhao, Qiuhong Zhang, Liming Dai, Jeffery W. Baur, Benji Maruyama, Rich A. Vaia, Eunsung Shin, P. Terrence Murray, Hongxia Luo, Zhi Xin Guo

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One of the critical aspects of nanotechnology is to assemble different nanoscale components into a single system. In such a multicomponent system, the overall functionality depends strongly on the precise location and structural characteristics of each of the constituent components. In this context, we have prepared multicomponent micropatterns of silica particles interposed within the discrete areas of aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes. The patterns were fabricated by dry contact transferring aligned carbon nanotubes onto a tape pre-patterned with a thin layer of gold structure, followed by region-specific adsorption of thiol-modified silica particles onto the gold surface from solution. The dry contact transfer technique has further enabled us to develop micropatterns of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes with interdispersed non-aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes and microsized carbon fibers sheathed with micropatterned aligned carbon nanotubes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1573-1580
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon fibers
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Dry contact transfer
  • Micropatterning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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