Massive Arrays of Monodisperse Nanosized Catalyst Particles and Monodisperse High Aspect-Ratio Vertically Aligned Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Technol
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DOD / OSD
Busek and MIT propose to explore techniques for enhanced control of nickel catalyst pad size and distribution (pitch) for growth of massive arrays of isolated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) at spacing as small as 10nm. The two catalyst application approaches shall be electron beam lithography and nanosphere lithography, and the MWNT growth shall be accomplished by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), the preferred method for MWNTs of uniform length and diameter. Two different types of PECVD reactors shall be used: a commercially-available CNT growth furnace at MIT, and the Busek-developed inductively-heated PECVD reactor capable of MWNT deposition on curved surfaces. Both catalyst pattern characteristics as well as MWNT morphology shall be measured via SEM. Ultracapacitor applications shall be explored, where resultant MWNT samples shall be coated using physical vapor deposition (PVD) and PECVD processes applying dielectric conformal coat and a metal coat. Capacitance of the various samples shall be measured. The Phase I efforts shall set the stage for Phase II development of advanced deposition techniques, larger-area capacitors, and long-length MWNTs.
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Luis F. Velasquez-Garcia
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Busek Co. Inc.
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Massachusetts Institute of Tech
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