Boron nitride nanotube films grown from boron ink painting

Li, Lu Hua, Chen, Ying and Glushenkov, Alexey M. 2010, Boron nitride nanotube films grown from boron ink painting, Journal of materials chemistry, vol. 20, no. 43, pp. 9679-9683.

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Title Boron nitride nanotube films grown from boron ink painting
Author(s) Li, Lu Hua
Chen, Ying
Glushenkov, Alexey M.
Journal name Journal of materials chemistry
Volume number 20
Issue number 43
Start page 9679
End page 9683
Total pages 5
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0959-9428
1364-5501
Summary The growth of nanotube films can have important applications in building nanoscale functional devices or solving interfacial and heat problems. We report that high-density boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) films with any desired pattern can be grown on complicated surfaces using a boron (B) ink process. The special B ink, a mixture of nanosized B particles, metal nitrate and ethanol, is first painted, sprayed or inkjet printed at the desired location with required pattern, and then the ink layer is annealed in a nitrogen-containing atmosphere to form BNNT film. This is the first method capable of growing BNNTs on complex non-flat surfaces, which greatly broadens the potential application of BNNTs. For example, it is demonstrated here that a BNNT coated steel mesh can separate water and oil on a microlitre scale; a needle given an internal BNNT coating could greatly enhance microfluidic transport; and a coated screw could be used to minimize wear at the interface.
Notes First published on the web 27 Aug 2010
Language eng
Field of Research 100706 Nanofabrication, Growth and Self Assembly
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, The Royal Society of Chemistry
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035403

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