Learn More
Diamond-ike carbon (DLC) coatings have been investigated with respect to biocompatibility, mechanical stability under biofluid exposure, corrosion resistance and the impact of the fabrication or operation of catheter guidewires and stents upon coating integrity. High mechanical tensile and compressive forces, during guidewire winding or stent expansion,(More)
We report the low-temperature growth of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at high growth rates by a photo-thermal chemical vapour deposition (PTCVD) technique using a Ti/Fe bilayer film as the catalyst. The bulk growth temperature of the substrate is as low as 370 °C and the growth rate is up to 1.3 µm min(-1), at least eight times faster than the(More)
Nonlinear stationary ac response of the magnetization of uniaxial superparamagnetic nanoparticles Towards a programmable microfluidic valve: Formation dynamics of two-dimensional magnetic bead arrays in transient magnetic fields Magnetic tunneling junction based magnetic field sensors: Role of shape anisotropy versus free layer thickness
We report the growth of ultrathin diamond nanorods (DNRs) by a microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition method using a mixture gas of nitrogen and methane. DNRs have a diameter as thin as 2.1 nm, which is not only smaller than reported one-dimensional diamond nanostructures (4-300 nm) but also smaller than the theoretical value for energetically(More)
Polarization dependent studies of near edge x-ray absorption fine structure ͑NEXAFS͒ show evidence for the presence of aligned ␲-bonded carbon structures and the formation of a nonplanar CN phase in tetrahedral amorphous nitrogenated carbon ͑ta-CN͒ films deposited at room temperature. Moreover, the analysis of NEXAFS data as a function of nitrogen(More)
Bulk quantities of graphene nanosheets and nanodots have been selectively fabricated by mechanical grinding exfoliation of natural graphite in a small quantity of ionic liquids. The resulting graphene sheets and dots are solvent free with low levels of naturally absorbed oxygen, inherited from the starting graphite. The sheets are only two to five layers(More)
We present a nanoindentation study to detect time-dependent deformations in non-polymeric hydrogenated amorphous carbon films. When the bonded hydrogen content increases from 18 to 36 at.%, as measured by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, we find that the film becomes less graphitic and softer. Moreover, its hardness shows a larger sensitivity to(More)
Nitrogen-doped graphene oxides (GO:Nx) were synthesized by a partial reduction of graphene oxide (GO) using urea [CO(NH2)2]. Their electronic/bonding structures were investigated using X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES), valence-band photoemission spectroscopy (VB-PES), X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering(More)
Within the DESYGN-IT research project, funded by the European Commission, carbon nanotubes (CNT) were investigated in the form of powder, vertically grown on a Si substrate and as CNT sheets or mats, mostly referred as to "bucky paper". Due to their hydrophobic and inert nature, functionalization or alteration of nanotubes can be necessary to optimize them(More)
Vertical graphene nanoflake integrated films having a high density of edge planes have been used as an electrochemical platform to systematically investigate the immobilization, electrochemical oxidation kinetics and direct quantitative determination of natural DNA. Consistently, both transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy observations(More)