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M. S. Wang, L.-M. Peng, J. Y. Wang and Q. Chen Shaping Carbon Nanotubes and the Effects on Their Electrical and Mechanical Properties Advanced Functional Materials 16

Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2006 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200500706

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Single, freestanding carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be shaped into morphologies with multiple bends or continuous curves by a scanning tunneling microscopy probe, and then fixed in that shape by electron-beam-induced deposition of amorphous carbon (see figure). These shaped CNTs have excellent mechanical strength and electrical conductivites that are as good as those of non-deformed CNTs.

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