Applications of Carbon Nanotubes

  • Pulickel M. Ajayan
  • Otto Z. Zhou
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 80)


Carbon nanotubes have attracted the fancy of many scientists worldwide. The small dimensions, strength and the remarkable physical properties of these structures make them a very unique material with a whole range of promising applications. In this review we describe some of the important materials science applications of carbon nanotubes. Specifically we discuss the electronic and electrochemical applications of nanotubes, nanotubes as mechanical reinforcements in high performance composites, nanotube-based field emitters, and their use as nanoprobes in metrology and biological and chemical investigations, and as templates for the creation of other nanostructures. Electronic properties and device applications of nanotubes are treated elsewhere in the book. The challenges that ensue in realizing some of these applications are also discussed from the point of view of manufacturing, processing, and cost considerations.


Carbon Nanotubes Hydrogen Storage Individual Nanotubes Vapor Grown Carbon Fiber SWNT Bundle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pulickel M. Ajayan
    • 1
  • Otto Z. Zhou
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  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  2. 2.Curriculum in Applied and Materials Sciences Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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