Single-walled carbon nanotubes, an all carbon polymer related to fullerenes, has recently been discovered to be stable and possess useful chemical, electrical, and mechanical properties. These tubular carbon materials are composed of single-layer graphene cylinders and have dimensions on the nanometer scale. The discovery and catalytic synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes will be discussed. A growth model, consistent with all known experimental data and supported by first-principle calculations, will be offered for these single-walled nanotubes. Structural characterizations of single-walled carbon nanotubes will be presented. Applications of these materials will be discussed and proof-of-principal experiments for hydrogen storage will be presented.
Dr. Ching-Hwa Kiang
Visiting Assistant Professor, Cram Teacher-Scholar
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569
Tel: (310) 206-0563, Fax: (310) 206-4038