Templated Growth of Covalently Bonded Three-Dimensional Carbon Nanotube Networks Originated from Graphene (pages 1576–1581)
Yifeng Fu, Björn Carlberg, Niklas Lindahl, Niclas Lindvall, Johan Bielecki, Aleksandar Matic, Yuxin Song, Zhili Hu, Zonghe Lai, Lilei Ye, Jie Sun, Yahui Zhang, Yan Zhang and Johan Liu
Article first published online: 17 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201104408
A template-assisted method that enables the growth of covalently bonded three-dimensional carbon nanotubes (CNTs) originating from graphene at a large scale is demonstrated. Atomic force microscopy-based mechanical tests show that the covalently bonded CNT structure can effectively distribute external loading throughout the network to improve the mechanical strength of the material.