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Owen Loh, Xiaoding Wei, John Sullivan, Leonidas E. Ocola, Ralu Divan and Horacio D. Espinosa Carbon-Carbon Contacts for Robust Nanoelectromechanical Switches Advanced Materials 24

Article first published online: 10 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201104889

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Nanoelectromechanical devices exhibiting dramatically improved robustness through novel material selection are demonstrated. A unique combination of carbon nanotube active elements and conductive diamond-like carbon contact electrodes results in reliable switching performance not found in devices with ubiquitously-used metal thin film electrodes. This in turn represents a viable means to improve the reliability of a diverse, and widely-pursued class of nanoscale devices ranging from single-nanostructure switches to massively parallel arrays.

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