Direction-controlled growth of carbon nanotubes

Akio Kawabata, Shintaro Sato, Hiroki Shioya, Taisuke Iwai, Mizuhisa Nihei, Daiyu Kondo, Yuji Awano

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We have developed a method of directing or bending carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in the desired direction along a structure. The new method utilizes careful positioning of a catalyst with respect to the structure, so that the CNTs growing from the catalyst experience an effective van der Waals force from the structure. The force causes a CNT-bundle to grow in the desired direction. For instance, a CNT-bundle coming out of a hole can be bent to the right or left depending on the catalyst patterning at the bottom. This approach is promising for achieving three-dimensional CNT wiring for future electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1975-1977
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number4 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr 18
Externally publishedYes



  • Carbon nanotubes (CNTs)
  • Direction control
  • Three-dimensional wiring
  • Van der waals force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Kawabata, A., Sato, S., Shioya, H., Iwai, T., Nihei, M., Kondo, D., & Awano, Y. (2008). Direction-controlled growth of carbon nanotubes. Japanese journal of applied physics, 47(4 PART 1), 1975-1977.