Carbon Nano Tubes: Fundamentals and Applications
Sunday May 7, 2006, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Boston, MA
The small scale and the one dimensional structure of carbon nanotubes are
directly related to their unique properties which find more and more
applications as the understanding and progress in synthesis advances. Carbon
nanotubes represent an exemplary system where the bottoms-up approach to
synthesis results in perfect structures with sizes less than 10nm, a range which
remains inaccessible for advanced projection lithography techniques.
Applications of carbon nanotubes range from reinforcement of composites or
conductive plastics to electrodes for batteries or flat screens, field effect
transistors, chemical or force sensors and electromechanical memory. These
applications have been demonstrated in bulk, on surfaces and on individual tubes.
This course is focused on the fundamental properties of carbon nanotubes and
provides the basic knowledge needed to follow the important developments in this
We will show how the helical structure of the tube influences the electronic
properties of the tube in a fundamental way. In the first part we will explain
the structural peculiarities, give an overview of the main synthesis techniques
and then show how, starting from the known electronic properties of graphite,
how those of the nanotubes can be described.
The second part of the course covers electronic transport, electron emission
properties, optical properties, mechanical properties and composites. We will
show to what extend analytical techniques can provide information about
individual tubes and we will see the importance of the immediate environment of
the nanotube surface.
In summary the goal of the course is:
- To give an introduction to the elementary properties of carbon nanotubes.
- To give the context and current status of the scientific research on carbon nanotubes.
- Synthesis Methods
- Characterization Methods
- CNT Based Materials
- Carbon Nano Industrial Applications
- Introduction: history
- Context, excitement and potential of CNT applications
- Supported Catalysts
- Vertically Oriented CNT
- CNT structure: MWNT, SWNT, DWNT
- CNT synthesis: basic growth processes and bulk, localized growth, functionalisation
- Electronic structure
- One dimensional electronic transport
- Electronic emission
- Optical properties and light emission
- Mechanical properties, sensors
- Synthesis Methods
- Characterization Methods
- Carbon Nano Structure based Materials
- Conclusions and outlook
- Overview and recent progress
- Examples of potential applications and real applications
- CNT/polymer composites
- Conductive Nanotube Films
- Fuel Cell Electrodes
- Field Emission for Flat Panel Displays
Wolfgang S. Bacsa, Ph.D., Professor at the Solid State Physics Laboratory
at the Université Paul Sabatier, France and visiting Research Professor at
Boston University, USA. Dr. Wolfgang Bacsa is an expert in the emerging field of
Nano-Optics and Carbon Nanotubes. He has a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich in Physics and has extensive experience in
condensed matter physics, optics, microscopy, synthesis of ultra-thin films and
nanostructured carbon. Dr. Bacsa worked at ETH Zürich, Penn State University and
EPFL Lausanne. He is currently a professor at the Solid State Physics Laboratory
at the University of Toulouse in southern France and a visiting Research
Professor at Boston University. His research interests are in interference
scanning optical probe microscopy and carbon nanotubes. He has more than 15
years of research experience and published more than 60 scientific papers. He
received an Innovation prize in 1998 and has been an invited visiting scientist
at SRI Menlo Park CA and University of Osaka, Japan.
Meyya Meyyappan, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Nanotechnology
as well as Senior Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett
Field, CA. He is a founding member of the Interagency Working Group on
Nanotechnology (IWGN) established by the Office of Science and
Technology Policy (OSTP). The IWGN is responsible for putting together
the National Nanotechnology Initiative.
Dr. Meyyappan’s group, consisting of about 60 scientists, has been
engaged in various aspects of nanotechnology (see http://www.ipt.arc.nasa.gov). He has published
over 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given over 100
Plenary/Keynote/Invited Presentations in nanotechnology subjects at various
national and international technical, business and educational conferences and
numerous Invited Talks at universities, non-profit organizations and companies
across the world. He has edited and authored a text book “Carbon
Nanotubes: Science and Applications”, published by CRC Press in 2004.
Dr. Meyyappan is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE). He is Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS). In
addition, he is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers
(ASME), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Vacuum Society (AVS)
and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He is the IEEE
Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology and ASME’s Distinguished
Lecturer on Nanotechnology. He is currently the President-elect of the
IEEE Nanotechnology Council.
For his work and leadership in nanotechnology, he has been awarded
NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and Arthur Flemming Award by
the Arthur Flemming Foundation and George Washington University. For
his contributions to nanotechnology education and training, he has been
awarded the 2003-2004 Engineer of the Year award by the San Francisco
section of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics). In November 2004, he has been awarded President’s
Meritorious Award for his contributions to nanotechnology
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Who Should Attend
These introductory - to intermediate - level courses are suitable for: Managers,
Practicing Engineers, Industrial Scientists, on a decision-making level,
Executives seeking strategic planning insight, Policy Makers with some technical
background, and Academic Researchers developing a strong nano program.
- Courses run Sunday May 7, 2006 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
- You may only attend a single course — please select it during registration
- Cancellations made by April 14, 2006 will be refunded less a $100.00 processing fee. Cancellations after April 14, 2006 are non-refundable.
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