Journal article

Robust Forests of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes Chemically Assembled on Carbon Substrates

David J Garrett, Benjamin S Flavel, Joseph G Shapter, Keith HR Baronian, Alison J Downard



Forests of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) have been chemically assembled on carbon surfaces. The structures show excellent stability over a wide potential range and are resistant to degradation from sonication in acid, base, and organic solvent. Acid-treated single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were assembled on amine-terminated tether layers covalently attached to pyrolyzed photoresist films. Tether layers were electrografted to the carbon substrate by reduction of the p-aminobenzenediazonium cation and oxidation of ethylenediamine. The amine-modified surfaces were incubated with cut SWCNTs in the presence of N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC), giving forests of vertically..

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Awarded by RSNZ Marsden Fund

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the RSNZ Marsden Fund (contract UOC 0605), the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF). D.J.G. thanks the Tertiary Education Commission for a doctoral scholarship.