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Keywords:

  • carbon nanotubes;
  • aerogels;
  • thermal conductivity;
  • electrical conductivity;
  • thermopower
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The thermal, electrical, and thermoelectric properties of aerogels of single-walled carbon nanotubes are characterized. Their ultralow density enables the transport properties of the junctions to be distinguished from those of the nanotubes themselves. Junction thermal and electrical conductances are found to be orders of magnitude larger than those found in typical dense SWCNT networks. In particular, the average junction thermal conductance is close to the theoretical maximum for a van der Waals bonded SWCNT junction.