Nano Research

, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp 526–534

Odako growth of dense arrays of single-walled carbon nanotubes attached to carbon surfaces

Open AccessResearch Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12274-009-9050-7

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Pint, C.L., Alvarez, N.T. & Hauge, R.H. Nano Res. (2009) 2: 526. doi:10.1007/s12274-009-9050-7


A novel process is demonstrated whereby dense arrays of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) are grown directly at the interface of a carbon material or carbon fiber. This growth process combines the concepts of SWNT tip growth and alumina-supported SWNT base growth to yield what we refer to as “odako” growth. In odako growth, an alumina flake detaches from the carbon surface and supports catalytic growth of dense SWNT arrays at the tip, leaving a direct interface between the carbon surface and the dense SWNT arrays. In addition to being a new and novel form of SWNT array growth, this technique provides a route toward future development of many important applications for dense aligned SWNT arrays.


Carbon nanotubescarbon fiberschemical vapor deposition
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cary L. Pint
    • 1
    • 3
  • Noe T. Alvarez
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert H. Hauge
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and TechnologyRice UniversityHoustonUSA