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Introduction to carbon nanotubes

Monthioux, Marc and Serp, Philippe and Flahaut, Emmanuel and Razafinimanana, Manitra and Laurent, Christophe and Peigney, Alain and Bacsa, Wolfgang and Broto, Jean-Marc Introduction to carbon nanotubes. (2010) In: Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology. (Springer Handbooks). Bharat Bhushan, 47-118. ISBN 978-3-642-02524-2

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Carbon nanotubes are remarkable objects that look set to revolutionize the technological landscape in the near future. Tomorrow’s society will be shaped by nanotube applications, just as silicon-based technologies dominate society today. Space elevators tethered by the strongest of cables; hydrogen-powered vehicles; artificial muscles: these are just a few of the technological marvels that may be made possible by the emerging science of carbon nanotubes. Of course, this prediction is still some way from becoming reality; we are still at the stage of evaluating possibilities and potential. Consider the recent example of fullerenes – molecules closely related to nanotubes. The anticipation surrounding these molecules, first reported in 1985, resulted in the bestowment of a Nobel Prize for their discovery in 1996. However, a decade later, few applications of fullerenes have reached the market, suggesting that similarly enthusiastic predictions about nanotubes should be approached with caution. There is no denying, however, that the expectations surrounding carbon nanotubes are very high. One of the main reasons for this is the anticipated application of nanotubes to electronics. Many believe that current techniques for miniaturizing microchips are about to reach their lowest limits, and that nanotube-based technologies are the best hope for further miniaturization. Carbon nanotubes may therefore provide the building blocks for further technological progress, enhancing our standards of living. In this chapter, we first describe the structures, syntheses, growth mechanisms and properties of carbon nanotubes. Then we discuss nanotube-related nano-objects, including those formed by reactions and associations of all-carbon nanotubes with foreign atoms, molecules and compounds, which may provide the path to hybrid materials with even better properties than pristine nanotubes. Finally, we will describe the most important current and potential applications of carbon nanotubes, which suggest that the future for the carbon nanotube industry looks very promising indeed.

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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Paris-Sud 11 (FRANCE)
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