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Controlled Positioning of Carbon Nanotubes by Dielectrophoresis: Insights into the Solvent and Substrate Role

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posted on 26.01.2010, 00:00 by Martial Duchamp, Kyumin Lee, Benjamin Dwir, Jin Won Seo, Eli Kapon, László Forró, Arnaud Magrez
We demonstrate the ability to precisely control the deposition of a defined number of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) from solution onto microfabricated electrodes using dielectrophoresis. The solvation shell around the CNTs, exhibiting a high dielectric constant which is possibly larger than the intrinsic dielectric constant of CNTs, is found to play a crucial role in electrophoretic processes. Substrate resistivity is also very important: The spatial repartition of the electric field between the substrate and the microelectrodes leads to deviations from the precise location of the CNTs. A recipe is given for the dielectrophoresis of CNTs which can be extended to other nanowires or nanotubes.

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