Carbon Nanotubes by Electrospinning with a Polyelectrolyte and Vapor Deposition Polymerization

Introduction Ever since the discovery of carbon nanotubes they attracted a great deal of attention due to the myriad of possible applications, such as in fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, and supercapacitors. Nevertheless, the synthesis of well-defined carbon nanotubes of 50 to 100-nm diameter has been a long standing goal of material chemistry. Technology description To reach this goal, UW researchers have developed a method that allows fabrication of carbon nanotubes with well-controlled diameters and long length. Their method combines polyelectrolyte electrospinning with vapor deposition polymerization. The new method is versatile and can be extended to the fabrication of various types of polymeric and carbon nanostructures with hollow interior. Business opportunity Carbon nanotubes have many promising applications such as in electrical circuits, as vessels for drug delivery or as gas absorbents. The global carbon nanotubes market is expected to exceed $1.9 Billion by 2010 Stage of development The researchers have fabricated well-defined carbon nanotubes. Intellectual property position US and PCT patent possibilities are currently explored. Related Publications Nano Lett. 2007 Aug;7(8):2470-4 For more information on this technology contact:
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