Nolan W Nicholas

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A novel strategy is proposed for the topologically controlled synthesis of extended graphenic sheets by additively reacting carbon into a pre-existing graphene sheet which is on top of a templating substrate. This concept is implemented and demonstrated using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Novel morphological features observed in this study suggest(More)
Aqueous surfactant suspensions of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are very sensitive to environmental conditions. For example, the photoluminescence of semiconducting SWNTs varies significantly with concentration, pH, or salinity. In most cases, these factors restrict the range of applicability of SWNT suspensions. Here, we report a simple strategy(More)
A transfer of a VA-SWNT film onto a conductive surface has been achieved using a novel "flip-over" technique. The top surface of a VA-SWNT film was covered by entangled bundles in an as-grown sample. When a VA-SWNT film was flipped over, an optically flat surface consisting of the tips of very well aligned, clean bundles from the bottom of the film are(More)
Growth of high quality, vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes (carpets) is achieved using a rapid insertion hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HF-CVD) technique. The effect of the substrate morphology on growth is explored by comparing carpets grown on epitaxially polished MgO substrates to those grown on "as-cut", macroscopically rough MgO(More)
Continued growth is a way of growing nanotubes targeted to produce continuous and chirality-controlled single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) materials. This growth method strongly depends on efficient preparation of open-ended SWNT substrates. Nanoscopically flat open-ended SWNT substrates have been prepared by cutting the SWNT spun fiber with a focused ion(More)
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