The fascinating electrical and mechanical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) have opened a great number of potential application for these unique materials. However, the high costs of the current production method and the difficulty in making them available for large-scale manufacturing can slow down the process of bringing this technology to commercial production.
At the University of Oklahoma we pointed out that the catalytic decomposition method was suitable for scaling up and for achieving a "controlled production" of SWNT. By this we implied the ability to control the selectivity towards SWNT by changing catalyst parameters and operating conditions, all combined with the ability to obtain a reliable quantitative measurement of the amount of SWNT produced.
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