Method for Synthesis of Nanoparticles in Carbon Nanotube Arrays for the Study of Array Mechanical Properties
Tech ID: 22518 / UC Case 2012-737-0
A novel approach for modifying and testing the mechanical response of carbon nanotube arrays post-synthesis using metal oxide nanoparticles.
Under compression, aligned carbon nanotube arrays resemble fatigue-resistant foams with significant deformation recovery properties and superior energy dissipation relative to commercial foams of comparable density. In past studies, nanoparticles have been integrated or synthesized with disordered carbon nanotube arrays to judge their usefulness in electrochemical applications. These experiments have not been done using ordered nanotube arrays and have also not been used to study the variety of mechanical properties that these materials possess.
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have developed a novel approach for modifying and testing the mechanical response of carbon nanotube arrays post-synthesis using metal oxide nanoparticles. The mechanical performance of the carbon nanotube arrays is tested without disrupting the ordered structure of the nanotube arrays, as is common in other studies. The mechanical stability of the hybrid carbon nanotube and nanoparticle structures is tested so that the material can be used in multifunctional applications.
- Controllable nano- and micro-structure of the material
- Bulk material tunable density and mechanical properties (array stiffness, energy dissipation, etc.)
- Superior energy dissipation (up to 200% more) relative to commercial foams of comparable density
- Mechanical applications
- Aqueous supercapacitors
- Electrochemical applications
This technology is available for licensing.
- Morse, Daniel E.
- Zhang, Hong-Li
nanotube, nanoparticle, properties
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