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Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes:
From Discovery to Application

Ching-Hwa Kiang*

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

This is an abstract for a presentation given at the
Sixth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.
There will be a link from here to the full article when it is available on the web.


Single-walled carbon nanotubes, an all carbon polymer related to fullerenes, has recently been discovered to be stable and possess useful chemical, electrical, and mechanical properties. These tubular carbon materials are composed of single-layer graphene cylinders and have dimensions on the nanometer scale. The discovery and catalytic synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes will be discussed. A growth model, consistent with all known experimental data and supported by first-principle calculations, will be offered for these single-walled nanotubes. Structural characterizations of single-walled carbon nanotubes will be presented. Applications of these materials will be discussed and proof-of-principal experiments for hydrogen storage will be presented.

*Corresponding Address:
Dr. Ching-Hwa Kiang
Visiting Assistant Professor, Cram Teacher-Scholar
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569
Tel: (310) 206-0563, Fax: (310) 206-4038


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