Alternating current dielectrophoresis of carbon nanotubes

Zhi Bin Zhang, Xian Jie Liu, Eleanor E.B. Campbell, Shi Li Zhang

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We report on the deposition of individual semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (s-SWNTs), suspended in an aqueous solution of sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS), onto predefined electrodes using alternating current dielectrophoresis up to 100 MHz. The successful deposition is attributed to the formation of an ionic double layer encapsulating the nanotubes by surface adsorption of the SDS molecules. The nanotube-micella complex formed has a greater polarization than that of the s-SWNTs, which is theoretically shown to be frequency dependent up to 10 GHz. Carbon nanotube field-effect transistors showing large onoff-state current ratios of 108 were demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number056103
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2005

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The authors are grateful to Professor G. Y. Guo for discussing his computational results on the frequency dependence of dielectric constant of SWNTs and to D. Z. Lee and S.-Y. Wu for help with sample preparation. This work was supported by the Swedish Research Council (VR) (No. 621-2002-4099).


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