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Energy Harvesting for Bio-sensing by Using Carbon Nanotubes

  • Koushik Maharatna
  • Karim El Shabrawy
  • Bashir Al-Hashimi
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Abstract

In this chapter, we describe how single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) can be used to develop a solar energy-based energy harvester to support various pervasive applications. To achieve this, we utilize the remarkable band-gap tunability property of SWCNTs that originates due to variations in its diameter and chirality during the synthesis process. After a brief introduction to the electronic property of CNT, we show how the band-gap tunability can be quantified through step-by-step theoretical analysis. Next, the resulting band-gap tunability is compared with the solar spectrum. Finally, a conceptual potentially high solar cell structure is described exploiting this band-gap tunability of SWCNT.

Keywords

Solar Spectrum Normalize Root Mean Square Error Chemical Vapor Deposition Process Chiral Angle SWCNT Diameter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koushik Maharatna
    • 1
  • Karim El Shabrawy
    • 1
  • Bashir Al-Hashimi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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