Session A28: Focus Session: Carbon Nanotubes and Related Materials: Fundamentals and Applications

8:00 AM–11:00 AM, Monday, March 21, 2011
Room: C156

Sponsoring Unit: DMP
Chair: Mark Hersam, Northwestern University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2011.MAR.A28.4

Abstract: A28.00004 : Biscrolling nanotube sheets and functional guests into yarns

8:36 AM–9:12 AM

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  Ray Baughman
    (The University of Texas at Dallas/ Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute)

Multifunctional applications of textiles have been limited by the inability to spin important materials into yarns. Generically applicable methods are demonstrated for producing weavable yarns comprising up to 95 wt {\%} of otherwise unspinnable particulate or nanofiber powders that remain highly functional. Scrolled 50 nm thick carbon nanotube sheets confine these powders in the galleries of irregular scroll sacks, whose observed complex structures are related to twist-dependent extension of Archimedean spirals, Fermat spirals, or spiral pairs into scrolls. The strength and electronic connectivity of a small weight fraction of scrolled carbon nanotube sheet enables yarn weaving, sewing, knotting, braiding, and charge collection. This technology is used to make yarns of superconductors, Li-ion battery materials, graphene ribbons, catalytic nanofibers for fuel cells, and TiO$_{2}$ for photocatalysis. \\[4pt] Work done in collaboration with Shaoli Fang, Xavier Lepro-Chavez, Chihye Lewis, Raquel Ovalle-Robles, Javier Carratero-Gonzalez, Elisabet Castillo-Martinez, Mikhail Kozlov, Jiyoung Oh, Neema Rawat, Carter Haines, Mohammed Haque, Vaishnavi Aare, Stephanie Stoughton, Anvar Zakhidov, and Ray Baughman, The University of Texas at Dallas / Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute.

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