Decoration of carbon nanotubes (pages 155–157)
Dr. Thomas W. Ebbesen, Dr. Hidefumi Hiura, Dr. Margaret E. Bisher, Dr. Michael M. J. Treacy, Dr. Julie L. Shreeve-Keyer and Dr. Robert C. Haushalter
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2004 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.19960080212
Applications of carbon nanotubes, a unique material, are limited by the relative inertness of the carbon surface. A general method of overcoming this is proposed in which the surface is preoxidized, producing various groups on the surface. These surface groups then act as nucleation points. For example, in the electroless plating reaction the surface of the nanotubes becomes decorated with silver particles (see figure).