Carbon Nanotubes and Related Nanomaterials: Critical Advances and Challenges for Synthesis toward Mainstream Commercial Applications

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  • Rahul Rao
  • Cary L. Pint
  • Ahmad E. Islam
  • Robert S. Weatherup
  • Stephan Hofmann
  • Eric R. Meshot
  • Fanqi Wu
  • Chongwu Zhou
  • Nicholas Dee
  • Placidus B. Amama
  • Jennifer Carpena-Nunez
  • Wenbo Shi
  • Desiree L. Plata
  • Evgeni S. Penev
  • Boris I. Yakobson
  • Perla B. Balbuena
  • Christophe Bichara
  • Don N. Futaba
  • Suguru Noda
  • Homin Shin
  • Keun Su Kim
  • Benoit Simard
  • Francesca Mirri
  • Matteo Pasquali
  • Francesco Fornasiero
  • Michael Arnold
  • Baratunde A. Cola
  • Pavel Nikolaev
  • Sivaram Arepalli
  • Hui Ming Cheng
  • Dmitri N. Zakharov
  • Eric A. Stach
  • Jin Zhang
  • Fei Wei
  • Mauricio Terrones
  • David B. Geohegan
  • Benji Maruyama
  • Shigeo Maruyama
  • Yan Li
  • W. Wade Adams
  • A. John Hart

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  • Wright-Patterson AFB
  • UES, Inc.
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Cambridge
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • University of Southern California
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kansas State University
  • Yale University
  • Rice University
  • Texas A and M University
  • CNRS
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • Waseda University
  • National Research Council of Canada
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tsinghua University
  • CAS - Institute of Metal Research
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Peking University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • University of Tokyo


Advances in the synthesis and scalable manufacturing of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) remain critical to realizing many important commercial applications. Here we review recent breakthroughs in the synthesis of SWCNTs and highlight key ongoing research areas and challenges. A few key applications that capitalize on the properties of SWCNTs are also reviewed with respect to the recent synthesis breakthroughs and ways in which synthesis science can enable advances in these applications. While the primary focus of this review is on the science framework of SWCNT growth, we draw connections to mechanisms underlying the synthesis of other 1D and 2D materials such as boron nitride nanotubes and graphene.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11756-11784
JournalACS Nano
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • 2D materials, boron nitride nanotubes, carbon nanotubes, chirality control, CVD, graphene, helicity, synthesis

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