A technical and economic perspective on single walled carbon nanotubes bulk fabrication and mass application feasibility

Javier Calvo-Amodio, Mario G. Beruvides

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Abstract

Amongst the different nano-materials, Carbon Nanotubes, in particular Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNT) offer a great potential for commercialization due to the vast array of possible applications for this technology. However, bulk production is expensive and not yet fully optimized. Optimizing the producibility and thus the reduction of cost and the enhancement of the application of this technology depends mainly on the product yield and purity levels of SWNT. Since the discovery of SWNT by Dr. Sumio Iijima, several fabrication approaches (Laser Ablation, HiPCo, CVD) and purification methods have been developed to improve yield and quality. In addition, structural characterization methods (HRTEM and Raman) have been successfully employed to control product quality during the fabrication methods and the purification processes. Nonetheless, current fabrication, purification and characterization approaches are expensive and impractical for on-site/real-time parameter adjustment if bulk production schedules are desired. These limitations render the commercialization of SWNT and subsequent selling prices out of the reach of mass consumers. This study provides a description of the SWNT technical and business environment and characterizes the economic realities faced by the engineering management community that are either not being considered or are yet not fully explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages164-169
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2008
Event29th Annual National Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2008, ASEM 2008 - West Point, NY, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2008Nov 15 2008

Conference

Conference29th Annual National Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2008, ASEM 2008
CountryUnited States
CityWest Point, NY
Period11/12/0811/15/08

Keywords

  • Characterization
  • Economic
  • Fabrication
  • Nano-science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Perspective
  • Purification
  • Single wall nanotubes
  • Technical

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