Properties of Carbon Nanotubes


After a brief reminder of the basics of carbon nanotubes regarding their morphology, structure, texture, and nanotexture, this chapter attempts to summarize the knowledge gathered on every aspect of their properties as the result of the extensive investigation carried out in this field since the 1990s. The properties covered include electrical, thermal, optical, electronic, and adsorptive (chemical reactivity) completed by a summary of the behavior of carbon nanotubes in biological environment, both from the point of view of eco- and cytotoxicity and that of positive (e.g., therapeutic) interactions. An abundant literature is cited for enabling the reader to deepen any selected topic among those addressed here.

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Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
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Handbook of Nanomaterials Properties
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  • Bharat Bhushan Send Email (1)
  • Dan Luo Send Email (2)
  • Scott R. Schricker Send Email (3)
  • Wolfgang Sigmund Send Email (4)
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  • 1 Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • 2 Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
  • 3 Division of Restorative, Prosthetic and Primary Care, The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • 4 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  • 5 Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
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  • Marc Monthioux Send Email (6)
  • Emmanuel Flahaut Send Email (7)
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  • Walter Escoffier Send Email (8)
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  • 6 Centre d’Elaboration des Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales (CEMES), UPR-8011 CNRS, University of Toulouse, BP 94347, 31055, Toulouse, France
  • 7 Centre Inter-universitaire de Recherche et d’Ingénierie sur les Matériaux (CIRIMAT), UMR-5085 CNRS-UPS-INP, Institut Carnot, Université de Toulouse, 118 route de Narbonne, 31062, Toulouse cedex 9, France
  • 8 Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses, INSA UPS UJF CNRS, UPR 3228, Université de Toulouse, 143 av. de Rangueil, 31400, Toulouse, France
  • 9 Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination-ENSIACET, UPR-8241 CNRS, Université de Toulouse, BP 44362, 31030, Toulouse, France
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