Carbon nanotubes applications


look at current applications and products that incorporate carbon nanotubes (CNT).

01 Electronics:  CNT are used as additives for electro-static discharge (ESD) in semiconductor packaging and electronics devices. EMSHIELD, has been incorporated into the Juno spacecraft, launched on August 5, 2011, to provide protection against electrostatic discharge (ESD).


Composites: Additives for weight-reduction in vehicles and wind turbine blades, and to reinforce building structures and machine components.


Energy: Additives to improve conductivity in lithium-ion battery electrodes and solar cells.


Flame retardant coatings: CNT exhibit exceptional flame barrier properties combined with excellent adhesion to glass, wood, metals, composites and thermoplastics.


Computer memory: Nanotubes have been used in high-density nonvolatile random access memory chip.


Adhesives: Epovex® is a structural adhesive for carbon fiber. Introduced in 2010, it provides superior bonding strength through the incorporation of carbon nanotubes in the 2-part epoxy adhesive.


Biosensors: Carbon nanotubes have been employed in  handheld point of care diagnostic tests  systems due to their superior electrical conductance. CNT  are used to detect biomarkers electronically, avoiding the need for optical subsystem.


Conductive inks: CNT-based films have demonstrated to be mechanically more robust than ITO, and can be deposited using a variety of low-cost and low-impact methods for application in displays.


Filtration: The size, surface area (500m2/g) and adsorption properties of carbon nanotubes make them an ideal membrane for filtering toxic chemicals, dissolved salts and biological contaminants from water.


Microscopy: Cylindrically shaped and extremely narrow, CNT probes are able to reveal significantly greater detail, across a larger surface and with fewer artifacts than standard AFM probes that are pyramidal in shape.