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Carbon Nanotubes and Inorganic Nanowires: Technology and Applications


Monday June 21, 2010, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Anaheim, California

Technology Focus

The small scale and the one dimensional structure of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are directly related to their unique properties which find more and more applications as the understanding and progress in synthesis continue to advance. CNTs represent an exemplary system where the bottom-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 and bio sensors and electromechanical memory.

In recent years, the demonstrated ability to grow a variety of semiconductor, oxide and other inorganic materials in the form of nanowires with controlled properties and orientation also provides a competitive avenue for applications in logic, memory, data storage, sensors, instrumentation and others. Interestingly, growth of the inorganic nanowires and carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition follows a common basis of vapor-liquid-solid mechanism.

This course first introduces the fundamental properties of carbon nanotubes and inorganic nanowires and then focuses on applications.

Course Outline

Carbon Nanotubes:

  • CNT Structures: SWNT, MWNT
  • Properties
  • Synthesis (CVD, HiPCO, Large scale.....)
  • Applications
    • Overview and recent progress
    • CNT/polymer composites
    • Conductive Nanotube Films
    • Fuel Cell Electrodes
    • Field Emission for Flat Panel Displays
    • Others

Inorganic Nanowires:

  • Introduction and why one dimensional nanowires
  • Growth techniques, Vapor-liquid-solid technique
  • Various nanowires
    • Silicon and Germanium
    • Oxides and nitrides
    • metallic nanowires
    • III-V nanowires
    • Other nanowires
  • Applications
    • Electronics
    • Optoelectronics
    • Sensors (chemial, bio...)
    • Energy sector
    • Others

Course Instructors

Meyya Meyyappan Meyya Meyyappan is Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology at the Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Until June 2006, he served as the Director of the Center for
Nanotechnology. 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 has authored or co-authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and made over 200 Invited/Keynote/Plenary Talks in nanotechnology subjects across the world. His research interests include carbon nanotubes and various inorganic nanowires, their growth and characterization, and application development in chemical and biosensors, instrumentation, electronics and optoelectronics.

Dr. Meyyappan is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Electrochemical Society (ECS), AVS, the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers(AIChE), the Institute of Physics, and the California Council of Science and Technology. In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is currently the IEEE Nanotechnology Council
(NTC) Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology, IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) Distinguished Lecturer, and was ASME's Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology(2004-2006). He served as the President of the IEEE's Nanotechnology Council in 2006-2007. He currently serves as the Vice President of IEEE-EDS for Educational Activities.

For his contributions and leadership in nanotechnology, he has received numerous awards including: a Presidential Meritorious Award; NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal; Arthur Flemming Award given by the Arthur Flemming Foundation and the George Washington University; IEEE Judith Resnick Award; IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Award; AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award. For his sustained contributions to nanotechnology, he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame in February 2009. For his educational contributions, he has received: Outstanding Recognition Award from the NASA Office of Education; the Engineer of the Year Award(2004) by the San Francisco Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); IEEE-EDS Education Award; IEEE-EAB(Educational Activities Board) Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education.

Wolfgang Bacsa Wolfgang S. Bacsa, Ph.D., Professor, CEMES (‘Centre d'Elaboration de Matériaux et d'Etudes Structurales’) CNRS, Toulouse. Dr. Wolfgang Bacsa is an expert in the field of nano-photonics and nano-materials. He has a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich in Physics and has extensive experience in condensed matter physics, photonics, microscopy and the synthesis of nano-materials. Dr. Bacsa worked at ETH Zürich, Penn State University and EPFL Lausanne. He is currently a professor at CEMES/CNRS and the University of Toulouse in southern France. His research interests are in advanced optical microscopy, carbon nanotubes and protein aggregation. He has more than 20 years of research experience and published more than 120 scientific papers. He received two Innovation prizes in 1998 and has been an invited visiting scientist at SRI Menlo Park CA, the University of Osaka, Japan and he has been a visiting research professor at the photonics centre/ Boston University, Boston MA.

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