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Embedded arrays of vertically aligned carbon nanotube carpets and methods for making them

United States Patent

June 30, 2015
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According to some embodiments, the present invention provides a system and method for supporting a carbon nanotube array that involve an entangled carbon nanotube mat integral with the array, where the mat is embedded in an embedding material. The embedding material may be depositable on a carbon nanotube. A depositable material may be metallic or nonmetallic. The embedding material may be an adhesive material. The adhesive material may optionally be mixed with a metal powder. The embedding material may be supported by a substrate or self-supportive. The embedding material may be conductive or nonconductive. The system and method provide superior mechanical and, when applicable, electrical, contact between the carbon nanotubes in the array and the embedding material. The optional use of a conductive material for the embedding material provides a mechanism useful for integration of carbon nanotube arrays into electronic devices.
Kim; Myung Jong (Houston, TX), Nicholas; Nolan Walker (South Charleston, WV), Kittrell; W. Carter (Houston, TX), Schmidt; Howard K. (Cypress, TX)
12/ 297,115
April 23, 2007
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SPONSORSHIP This invention was made with government support under Grant Number DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.