Shoushan Fan: Carbon Nanotubes: From Basic Research to Commercialization

Carbon Nanotubes: From Basic Research to Commercialization

Shoushan Fan1,

1Department of Physics & TsinghuaFoxconn Nanotechnology Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 100084.

Carbon nanotube (CNT) is a promising nanomaterial for real applications due to its excellent mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. The real products of CNT are expected after long time intensive research efforts on it. In this talk, I will present our research works on CNTs in the past two decades, including studies on the growth mechanism, controllable synthesis, physical properties, and real applications of CNTs. In particular, I will show that a unique macroscopic form of CNTs, the superaligned CNTs, can bridge the gap between nanoworld and macroworld and lead CNTs into real applications17. Many real applications, such as field and thermionic emission electron sources,812 high strength CNT yarns,2,6,7 electrodes for batteries and supercapacitors,1317 loudspeakers,18,19 displays,2022 SERS substrate23, IR detector24 etc. have been demonstrated. Real products of CNT TEM grids25, 26 and CNT touch panels4 have already been commercialized. More products based on superaligned CNTs are expected to go to the market in the near future27.

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